Construction of a $17.7 million building to house Klamath Falls-based units of the Army and Air National Guard is expected to begin as early as next year, officers said.

KLAMATH FALLS Construction of a $17.7 million building to house Klamath Falls-based units of the Army and Air National Guard is expected to begin as early as next year, officers said.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill Tuesday with $1.45 million for design work.

The 182nd Cavalry unit of the Army National Guard and the 173rd Security Force Squadron of the Air National Guard are in separate, smaller quarters, one of which is 50 years old.

The 54,000-square-foot facility would include common room for mobilization, training and classrooms, officers said. It would be at Kingsley Field.

Originally, the plan was for the work to be complete in 2011, but military officials would like to see it done by 2009, said Maj. Lance McCuiston, base civil engineer at Kingsley.

The Associated Press