CE settles in to new digs on base Published Oct. 13, 2010 By Tech. Sgt. Angela Brees 190th Public Affairs FORBES FIELD ANGB, Topeka, Kan. -- Nothing says "welcome to your new home" more than the smell of fresh paint and a scattering of boxes. But, the 190th Civil Engineering Squadron wrapped up their move pretty quickly, which began during the August Unit Training Assembly. By September, only a few boxes remain and squadron members are caring out their day-to-day business in a new 14,690 square-foot facility. Previously split between two homes, CE maintenance and administration space is now centrally located. With 3,000 additional square feet at their disposal, CE members are finally able to stretch their legs a bit. "The space is just wonderful," beams Master Sgt. Lucretia Williams, CE unit training manager. "The layout is the work of a genius." Construction began 12 months ago and provides significant daylighting, and features ground source heat and cooling systems, which will reduce energy costs. In addition to providing the various shops with individual maintenance and administrative areas, the facility features a full kitchen and training room with 10 desktop computers. "Efficiency and workflow are a lot better now," said Staff Sgt. Paul Harper, engineering technician. Lieutenant Col. Mark Green, CE commander, agrees. "The new facility will allow our inhouse and Prime Beef teams to respond with greater efficiency and enhanced capability," he said. "An example is our new pavement and grounds shop, which is conducive to inside maintenance on engines and generators. It now has a manifold exhaust system and safety features such as eye wash station and utility sink." The new facility is located at the southeast corner of the base, building 760.