oddly named project will cost up to $100 million, take more than two
years to complete, and can only be built by workers from specific
countries with proper security clearances. Palestinians need not
complete the well-guarded compound will have five levels buried
underground and six additional outbuildings on the above grounds,
within the perimeter. At about 127,000 square feet, the first three
floors will house classrooms, an auditorium, and a laboratory — all
wedged behind shock resistant doors — with radiation protection and
one gate will allow workers entrance and exit during the project and
that will be guarded by only Israelis.
impressive as the American design features already are, Ada
Karmi-Melamede Architects will decorate the entire site with rocks it
chooses, but are paid for by the contractor, and provide three
outdoor picnic tables.
also found this detailed description of the mezuzahs that
will adorn every door in the facility:
mezuzas, notes the [US
Corps, “shall be written in inerasable ink, on . . . uncoated
leather parchment” and be handwritten by a scribe “holding a
written authorization according to Jewish law.” The writing may be
“Ashkenazik or Sepharadik” but “not a mixture” and “must be
“The Mezuzahs shall be proof-read by a computer at an authorized
institution for Mezuzah inspection, as well as manually proof-read
for the form of the letters by a proof-reader authorized by the Chief
Rabbinate.” The mezuza shall be supplied with an aluminum housing
with holes so it can be connected to the door frame or opening.
Finally, “All Mezuzahs for the facility shall be affixed by the
Base’s Rabbi or his appointed representative and not by the
in the $100 million range, Pincus finds the “complex facility
with site development challenges” requiring services that include
“electrical, communication, mechanical/ HVAC [heating,
ventilation, air conditioning] and plumbing” requirements telling;
and along with the fact that the contractor must posses a U.S. or
Israeli Secret Security Clearance, he believes this phase to be a
secure command center.
Prize winning, Yale grad,
born in 1932 whose worked intelligence and media in D.C. since 1955
closes his piece with these shadowy words.