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National Guard airport project set to begin in Gypsum

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CENTENNIAL, Colorado – The Colorado Army National Guard will break ground Thursday on the new home of the High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Gypsum at the Eagle County Regional Airport.-

Local legislators, Colorado National Guard leaders and civic leaders are scheduled to attend.

The project will provide an economic benefit to the Vail Valley economy throughout the construction effort, the National Guard said in a press release.



Planning for the new facility started in 2005 and was done in coordination with Eagle County, the Eagle County Regional Airport and the town of Gypsum.

Jacobs Engineering of St. Louis, Mo., was the architectural engineering firm that designed the project. The construction contract was awarded to Hensel Phelps Construction Co., of Greeley.

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The project includes a 101,600-square-foot aviation training facility with administrative space, classrooms, a flight operations section, maintenance hangars, allied maintenance shops and lodging.

The project will be constructed to achieve at least a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver rating, certified through the U.S. Green Building Council.

HAATS trains all branches and components of the military and international students. HAATS also has a full-time Coast Guard instructor assigned to the staff, making HAATS a unique joint- training site.



HAATS gives pilots the knowledge and confidence to operate their aircraft routinely and safely in any environment, especially at high altitudes. This mission provides life-saving combat skills to American and allied pilots serving in mountainous Afghanistan and other challenging environments worldwide.


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