March Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command, Utility Building, 5220 Riverside Drive, Moreno Valley, Riverside County, CA
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.
Survey number: HABS CA-2788-B