April 01, 2019

Tyndall's New Rebuild Plan: The Base of the Future

BY RACHEL S. COHEN 

The base of the future is taking shape amid the wreckage left behind by Hurricane Michael.

Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., presents a unique opportunity to reimagine the future of coastal Air Force bases and also a pressing imperative to sustain operations in the wake of devastating destruction that damaged every structure on the base.

As Air Force officials craft a new master plan to rebuild Tyndall, interested parties from around the base and across the country are keeping an eye on developing plans. Some 450 people representing nearly 200 companies converged Jan. 31 for their first major update. A second industry day is slated for May, and major construction projects could start as soon as this fall.

Fully restoring the base will take as long as a decade. The nearly 700 facilities and about 480 buildings spread across 4.2 million square feet all need work.