San Diego's Military Building Boom Winding Down
A military construction boom is winding down in San Diego, and thousands of highly paid construction jobs are being phased out.
Now, Brigadier General Vincent Coglianese, commander of Marine Corps West, said the contracts are finishing up.
“We replaced buildings that were here since World War II,” he said. “We’ve spent, in the last seven years, about $6.7 billion in military construction for Marine Corps Installations West. That surge in construction is going to be drastically reduced. Next year we’re talking in the millions not the billions – a pretty drastic change.”
Civilian construction jobs in San Diego County have fallen from about 90,000 six years ago before the recession to about 55,000 now.