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March Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command, Utility Building, 5220 Riverside Drive, Moreno Valley, Riverside County, CA



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Location
5220 Riverside Drive, Moreno%252BValley, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2788-B
Significance: Building 2605 (HABS CA-2788-A), with its support Building 2606 was determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places on November 27, 1995 under Criterion Consideration G as a significant Cold War-era structure. The Combat Operations Center building has strong associations with the Cold War-era SAC operations as the command center for 10 SAC bases and controller of assets constituting 80% of the nation's ICBM force. In addition, the Center also controlled all of SAC's reconnaissance aircraft and 30% of the SAC's bombers and tankers. Building 2605's architecture reflects the designer's intention to provide a secure environment against attack or surveillance from the nation's Cold War-era enemies and is literally "self-contained" with its own supplies of water and air purification systems housed in Building 2606.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
context view of building 2606, utility building, also showing the chapel, at far left, the transformers on the east side of the utility building, the combat operations center behind, and the cooling tower structure at the right, behind the parked trucks
North front of utility building 2606, looking south, showing the transformers on the east side
East side, with transformers and picnic table
South rear, with combat operations center, building 2605, at left
Oblique view of the west side, with tanks, looking northeast
Another oblique view of the west side, looking southeast
Detail of transformers outside generator building 2606, looking north
General view to southwest inside building 2606, from near the north end of the mezzanine. Generators are below, boilers and tanks along the west wall
Overall view to northwest inside building 2606, from near the south end of the mezzanine. The Enterprise 5000 generator is in the foreground
Looking northeast along the row of four smaller diesel generators
Detail of generator number three, oblique. Control panels on the main floor and on the mezzanine are visible behind and above the generators.
Detail of the largest generator, an Enterprise 5000, also known as "Big Bertha", looking southeast
Looking south along aisle between control panels and generators, ground floor, building 2606
Indicator gauges and panels for the combat operations center, inside building 2606, mezzanine level. View to south
Looking northeast on the mezzanine toward circuit breakers, towards the coc indicator panel room
Utility Building Plan, elevations and sections. March Air Force Base, Riverside, California, COmbat Operations Center, Utility Building. By Moffatt and Nichol, Engineers, 122 West Fifth Street, Long Beach, California; for the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Office of the District Engineer, Los Angeles, California. Drawing no. AW-60-02-03, sheet no. 57, approved March, 1962; specifications no. ENG-04-353-62-66; D.O. series AW 1596/57, Rev. "B"; file drawer 1290. Last revised 3 October 1966 "drawings updated." Various scales. 29 x 41 inches. [pencil on paper]


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