By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
A new Child Development Center (CDC) facility has been approved
for Fort McCoy and is scheduled to be completed in 2009.
Members of the
contracting firm Atlantic Marine Construction, Virginia Beach, Va.,
and officials from Fort McCoy met April 24 at Fort McCoy to begin the
Contractors meet with Fort McCoy
personnel to talk about a new Child Development Center to be
built on post.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Mike Napsey, Directorate of Human Resources/Directorate of
Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DHR/DFMWR) special project
coordinator manager, said the proposed CDC facility will replace World
War II-era wood structures that have been used to house the CDC for
approximately the past 20 years.
The facility will be about 13,000-square-feet and includes an
outdoor playground area.
Dave Gundlach, Directorate of Public Works (DPW) project
manager, said DPW worked with DHR/DFMWR to develop the program
documents, which will place the facility in a zone identified as
Community Services (just north of the 1700 block) on the
installation's Master Plan.
The $4.8 million project is funded with appropriated funds
under the National Defense Authorization Act.
"The site design needs to be adapted for the site
location," Gundlach said. "Right now, we don't have a
schedule. Construction could start this fall, or, at the latest, in
the spring of 2009."
The facility will be made of modular sections that are built in
a factory, shipped and assembled on site.
Members of the contractor team said the facilities will be
built in the same fashion that other permanent facilities are.
Gundlach said the facilities will look similar to other new buildings
on Fort McCoy and have a metal roof and brick exterior.
Contractors meet with DHR/DFMWR
personnel to talk about a new
Child Development Center to be built on post. (Photo by Rob
Schuette) (The Real McCoy Extra)
Mike Lupacchino, DHR/DFMWR director, said a separate School Age
Services (SAS) facility project has received Congressional approval
and would be located near the CDC.
Funding for the
SAS facility still needs to go through the Congressional budgeting
process for approval. This project is projected for 2010.
The CDC/SAS staffs are looking forward to moving out of their
current facilities, which they have occupied for about 20 years, he
"It's important that these programs move out of the old
buildings and into structures with newer advanced utilities such as
heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water systems, etc., for both
the children and staff that utilize these facilities," Lupacchino
said. "The larger expanded facilities allow for additional
children in the program and allows for more expanded programming and
activities for the children."
"The new facility is a reflection of the Army's commitment
to take care of Army Families through the Army Family Covenant and the
Army Community Covenant," he said.