Environmental Assessment for the Construction of a Community Activities Center Malmstron Air Force Base, Montana
CORPS OF ENGINEERS SEATTLE WA SEATTLE DISTRICT
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This environmental assessment EA was developed for the proposed construction of a community activity center CAC at Malmstrom Air Force Base AFB or Base. A properly sized and configured CAC is critical to unit-cohesiveness and thus would enhance the ability of Malmstrom AFB to meet its mission. This EA discusses the potential effects of four alternatives for construction and operation of the CAC proposed to be built at Malmstrom AFB and the No Action alternative. This EA concludes that the Preferred Alternative is Alternative 2, Construct CAC at Site 1, including Low-impact Development LID for stormwater management. Low Impact Development could consist of construction that incorporates detention basins, rain gardens, dispersion beds, bio-swales, or a combination of these as determined to be effective under final design. Malmstrom AFB is not isolated however, its northern tier location, with long, dark winters and limited small-town social life, necessitates a facility to accommodate intensive on-base community activities. Functional layout, appearance, and adequate space to accommodate mission-essential and community activities and equipment are fundamental for a high quality CAC. The existing Club, in Building 1600, is located on 4th Avenue North, between 70th Street North and 72nd Street North. It was constructed in 1966 and is jointly used by enlisted personnel and officers. The Club does not adequately satisfy mission essential and community activity demands. The Club s size and configuration provide marginal accommodation for mission-essential meetings e.g., Commander s calls, other non-seated functions e.g., town meetings, or large social functions. Large gatherings currently are held in a former hangar or at off Base rented facilities. In addition, because of its marginal capacity, maintenance issues, and the antiquated design of the existing grease trap system, the current club must be replaced.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology
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- Environmental Health and Safety