Environmental Assessment for Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Integrated Experiments Division Office Space at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM SPACE VEHICLES DIRECTORATE
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The Air Force Research Laboratorys Space Vehicles Directorate AFRLNS proposes to construct a 3,600-square foot building to increase office space for engineers and program managers in ARFLNSE. AFRLNSE is experiencing growth throughout its research programs and has reached capacity within the building that houses their offices and personnel. The proposed building would be constructed in 2005 on Bernice Street north of Aberdeen A venue on KAFB on a previously developed tract. Options to the Proposed Action include 1 Renovating the currently used facility Building 592 2 Constructing an addition to Building 592 3 Moving operations to Building 30117 or 4 Installing a modular building near Building 591 in the AFRLNSE area. Compared to the proposed action, those four alternatives were either more costly, less efficient, or would limit access to convenient interaction with others performing the research. As a result, those alternatives were not carried forward for further consideration. The no-action alternative to continue operating out of Building 592 was also examined to establish baseline conditions. The EA evaluated the impacts of construction of a new facility and relocation of activities to the proposed facility on the following resource areas land use, noise, air quality, water quality, biological and cultural resources, soils, hazardous materials and hazardous waste management, and health and safety. The proposed construction would not increase air emissions in the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Basin or change land useoperations in the area. A potential exists for minor short-term impacts such as noise, dust, and soil erosion. There would be only temporary increases in noise levels during construction activities, and the proposed activities would not significantly affect current or projected land use compatibility.
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