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March 08, 2013

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Facility planning designed to support troop training needs at McCoy

Directorate of Public Works (DPW) personnel have developed a Troop Area Housing Development Plan to provide guidance for locating future facilities and optimum land use to support military training at Fort McCoy.

Brian Harrie, a DPW master planner, said the design was developed in cooperation with U.S. Army Forces Command based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Operational Readiness Training Complex (ORTC) plan.

The ORTC provides parameters for basic facilities to accommodate transient training, Harrie said. Facilities are included to support administration and classroom areas (battalion level), billeting, dining, administration and supply areas (company level); organizational vehicle and equipment maintenance with temporary warehouse storage and administration needs (brigade level.

“Because the ORTC was not designed specifically for Fort McCoy, but rather as the Army’s one-size-fits-all-solution, we ‘right-fit’ the conceptual design elements outlined in the ORTC to our population loads, existing space, long-term intent of the land-use plan/master plan and the way we do business with our annual training/mobilization mission,” Harrie said.

The Fort McCoy course of action recommends using multi-story and multi-functional facilities to reduce impact on available land and maximize available land for future development, Harrie said.

“A four-story enlisted barracks design allows two four-story barracks to satisfy enlisted bed space for an entire battalion,” Harrie said. “Four-story officer quarters also are planned. This vertical approach allows design and mission management flexibility while also serving to define large open spaces for various passive and active recreational activities and future growth.”

Generous, well-defined distribution of open space throughout the developments support troop work and recreation needs. Harrie said the company operations service courtyard concept, with controlled access, will provide access to staging areas for buses and drop-off points for equipment or gear near the barracks area.

This area can support troop formations, staging events, physical fitness training or other recreational activities, he said.
The four-story enlisted barracks allows for a projected $800,000 cost savings per building, compared to building two-story barracks.

Harrie said the overall reduction in barracks required to house the installation’s targeted 10,000-bed spaces also will result in a significant reduction in operational and maintenance costs.

Wherever and whenever possible, troop housing will be aligned with vehicle maintenance, battalion headquarters, company operations and dining facilities to help create a “walkable” installation for training units and reduce dependency on vehicle transportation in unit areas, he said.

Until these projects can be built, Harrie said Fort McCoy will do what it can in the short term to help support unit needs. This includes renovating buildings as funding becomes available.

Vehicle maintenance facilities and laundry facilities have been/will be constructed based upon the need for support facilities in the maintenance/troop areas.

Harrie said these can be done using sustainment, restoration and modernization funding for projects that cost less than $750,000.

Plans also allow the flexibility of using existing World War II-era dining facilities as training facilities in case additional training capacity is needed during the development process.

In addition to the annual training/mobilization barracks completed in fall 2012, Fort McCoy has a number of barracks and dining facilities on the projected construction list. A fiscal year (FY) 2014 project is scheduled to construct a dining facility in the 1600/1700 block. Later phases of the project could provide a second dining facility, as well as a larger dining facility after that.

It’s possible that FY 19 funding will be available to provide the first four-story enlisted barracks. The barracks will be near the first two planned dining facilities.

Other four-story barracks to support training also are included in future years.

Harrie noted these projects are major military construction projects, which means they will need congressional approval before proceeding.

“These projects will be bid, and the construction will be supervised by the Army Corps of Engineers,” he said.

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