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New CDC facility to be built at Fort McCoy

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 construction process.

Photo: Contractors meet with Fort McCoy personnel to talk about a new Child Development Center to be built on post. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
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.      

Photo: 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)
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 said.

      "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.

 

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