(Dayton)-- Work can proceed on a new building at The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
A notice to proceed was issued Friday, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rejected an agency protest by a contractor after Turner Construction Company of Washington, D.C., was awarded the contract by the Corps.
The $35.426 million expansion project for the Museum near Dayton includes a new 224,000 square foot building that will be similar in size and shape to the museum's three existing hangars.
The new space will allow for the Presidential Aircraft Gallery to relocate from a hangar in a restricted-access area of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Also moving to a new home will be the gallery on research and development, and a new space gallery that will showcase a space shuttle exhibit. Another gallery will focus on airlift operations.
The fourth building is being privately financed by the Air Force Museum Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1960. The new Hanger will open to the public in 2016.