|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
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
Harrie noted these projects are major military construction
projects, which means they will need congressional approval before
“These projects will be bid, and the construction will be supervised
by the Army Corps of Engineers,” he said.