Mold Removed from Offutt Air Force Base's New Building

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith Thompson, 55th Security Forces Squadron, checks Identification at the remodeled and expanded Strategic Command Gate on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., March 5, 2013. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger)
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith Thompson, 55th Security Forces Squadron, checks Identification at the remodeled and expanded Strategic Command Gate on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., March 5, 2013. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Military officials say 4,000 feet of mold-infested ductwork has been removed from the U.S. Strategic Command's new headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that earlier construction glitches and the mold problems have extended the $1.2 billion project by 11 months and potentially "tens of millions" of dollars.

Col. John Henderson, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, says the building is scheduled for occupancy in October 2017. It was originally expected to be ready at the end of 2016.

Last September, the corps' quality-assurance inspectors found the mold in the insulation lining some ducts and temporarily paused installing parts of the heating and cooling system. Engineers determined mold was located in about 7 percent of the building's ductwork.

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