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United States Air Force Environmental Assessment: Construction of Addition to Religious Education Building at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma

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Tinker Air Force Base Tinker AFB is completing an environmental assessment EA to determine environmental and socio-economic impacts of construction of an addition to the religious education building building 5715. The proposed action is construction of a 1,395-square-foot two room addition to building 5715. The purposes of this project are to enhance short-term hourly day care services provided through building 5715 and increase service capacity by 100 children per day by expanding available facilities. In 2001, a survey of available buildings on Tinker AFB indicated that building 5715 was the only available building that met the minimum requirements for childcare facilities UFC 4-740-14. It remains the only available building that meets minimum criteria. When the hourly day care facility opened, the nine spaces were fully reserved. Twenty additional spaces were created by conversion of an interior room in building 5715. There is no space available for additional conversion, and the demand for hourly childcare services has grown to the point that there are now 200 children on the waiting list. The proposed action does not include hiring additional staff, beyond possibly one part-time employee to work in the facility. The addition would enhance the efficiency of hourly childcare staff in building 5715 by providing similar services in a consolidated location. No additional facilities would be constructed, and no existing facilities would be demolished to construct the addition. The preferred location for the addition is adjacent to, and connected with, building 5715, where similar services are currently provided. Action alternatives were considered, but none were identified that meet the project purpose, as discussed below. The no-action alternative is continued provision of temporary childcare services through building 5715 without the addition. Descriptions of these alternatives are provided in the EA.

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  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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