White Sands Missile Range will soon have a state of the art Information Systems Facility and Communications Center to handle all the networking and communications on post.
Construction for the $72 million 56,268 square foot two story facility is scheduled to begin May 2019 with an estimated completion date of February 2022. The total cost includes $40 million for the construction of the building and $32 million for the state of the art equipment.
"Over the past nine years the ISF has been my number one priority for WSMR," said Information Management Director Mark Tubbs.
"The WSMR Information Systems Facility will be second to none and one of a kind in its ability to provide both information services support to our Test Center Commander and his test mission in supporting customers and our Commanding General and his overall Network Enterprise Control Customers," Tubbs said. "The WSMR ISF will truly be something special for WSMR."
The ISF will be equipped with state of the art data processing, network systems, telephonic, and radio control for test mission and installation-wide communication/network services and high-efficiency equipment to meet energy requirements.
"I truly feel as if we've finally turned the corner from proposal to reality thanks to the support of G6/IM people like Ivan Winners and John Medina at one end of the spectrum, and past WSMR Commanding Generals like Maj. Gen. John G. Ferrari and Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham supporting us in their present jobs at the other end of the spectrum," Tubbs said.
White Sands Test Center Facility Manager April Banks said the facility, a data center, is being built to handle all the network and communications on post. She said it is a consolidation of 5 buildings: Building 1512, where IM is currently housed, 1621, 1408, 1409 and 123. One hundred and twenty nine employees will be relocated to the new building.
"It gives WSMR a future," Banks said. "It is going to give us the ability to do more testing. It advances our capabilities to process and transport vast amounts of electronic test data more reliably, efficiently, faster and securely."
The facility will replace the existing telephone facility, which was built in 1962. Banks said the power requirements and the capacity for supporting new communications has reached its capability. "It is maxed out and there is no room for growth," she said.
The facility will be located where Buildings 120 and 123 are currently standing at the corner of Benet Street and Aberdeen Avenue. Both buildings will be demolished to make room for the new facility.
"It has reached its lifetime," Banks said. "We have outgrown the building."
The facility, which falls under the Information Management Directorate, is being funded by the Military Construction Army Program.