By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
A two-phase project consisting of new biomedical
maintenance/classroom facilities has been approved to support the
Regional Training Site-Medical (RTS-Medical) training mission.
A view of the area where the new
biomedical and classroom project for Regional Training
Site-Medical will be constructed. The project is expected to be
completed in 2009.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
A design-bid-build contract was approved for the biomedical and
classroom project. The Charpie-Solitt Joint Venture company of
Chicago, one of four companies to bid on the work, was awarded a
$6.001 million Major Construction Army Reserve contract March 7.
Roy Brewer, the resident engineer of the Fort McCoy Army Corps
of Engineer office, said the company is expected to receive the notice
to proceed with the contract by the end of March.
After the firm receives the notice to proceed, it has 510 days
to complete the project, he said.
That would put the projected completion date at about the
summer of 2009 if the notice to proceed is issued by the end of March.
RTS-Medical supports all types and phases of medical training
from selected individual training subjects to multi-echelon,
collective training. The training includes static hospital training,
clinical skills lab support for Soldier/unit sustainment, mobilization
support, biomedical maintenance and support training and ground
Col. Rick Otto, RTS-Medical site director, said the project
will include the most-up-to-date facilities to support the new medical
training technology. The biomedical facility will be about
17,000-square-feet. The classroom will be about 12,000-square-feet.
"We'll be the only Army Reserve site in the U.S. Army with
a biomedical facility that size," Otto said. "The classroom
will support up to 140 students."
Gerry Meyer, RTS-Medical administrative/site executive officer,
said the new classroom can be arranged and partitioned to handle
large- and small-group instruction.
"It will give us the size, space and flexibility we need
to serve our medical customers and be a value-added, force multiplier
to our training facilities," Meyer said.
The project continues the RTS-Medical goal of creating a
campus-type setup for medical training within the same area, he said.
Meyer said this will help cut down on travel time and costs and make
coordination easier with equipment and classrooms
in close proximity to each other.
Allen Reese, RTS-Medical site administrator for the Eagle Group
International, said in addition to moving closer to being a one-stop
training opportunity the new facilities will allow the organization to
engage the newest training technology, such as Internet-based
Dave Gundlach, project officer for the Directorate of Public
Works, said the project will be built in two parts.
The biomedical maintenance facility portion will be attached to
the main RTS-Medical facility.
The classroom portion of the project will be built in a field near the
main RTS-Medical facility, Gundlach said. Additional money is included
in the contract for furniture and other furnishings for the
The project will include a big lot with hardstand and gravel
for the Deployable Medical Systems setup.
The project will replace World War II-era wood
facilities/outdoor areas RTS-Medical was using in the 1000 block.
The World War II-era wood facilities are scheduled to be torn
down under the contract.