Colorado Springs was the biggest beneficiary of the more than $400 million in statewide military construction contracts distributed in 2012.
The Denver Post reports that the projects include facilities for a helicopter unit at Fort Carson, a operations center for top-secret defense intelligence agencies at Buckley Air Force Base, National Guard and reserve centers in Colorado Springs and Loveland, and renovations at the Air Force Academy.
About $190 million worth of the 2012 contracts will be spent on facilities for the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, expected to be activated at Fort Carson in April. The Pentagon originally designated the unit as the 13th Combat Aviation Brigade but changed it to the 4th in mid-2012.
The brigade will have up to 2,700 soldiers and 113 helicopters. Construction to accommodate the unit is expected to cost a total of about $730 million, but not all the contracts have been awarded.
The Defense Department awarded contracts worth nearly $26 million to renovate a dormitory and gymnasium at the Air Force Academy outside Colorado Springs and more than $58 million for new National Guard readiness and training centers in Colorado Springs.