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June 10, 2011

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McCoy to build a barracks for
transient-training population

Fort McCoy is ushering in a new era of barracks space with the construction of a new Annual Training/Mobilization barracks facility in the 2800-2900 blocks.

Brian Harrie, a community planner at the Master Planning Division of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works, said the permanent, brick-and-mortar facility will be the first barracks built to support transient training at Fort McCoy since 1942.

The new structure will improve the quality of life for Soldiers training for a limited time at the installation, he said.

“This is the first project of a multi-phased, long-range plan to replace all of Fort McCoy’s existing World War II-era wood buildings with permanently built facilities,” Harrie said. “As major-construction funds become available all existing wood barracks, dining facilities and administrative facilities eventually will be replaced with permanent facilities.”

Members of the Fort McCoy planning staff, the Army Corps of Engineers and contractors Four Bears/TCI Joint Venture Group of La Crosse, Wis., met May 26 to review the project. Betty Beck, Army Corps of Engineers project manager from the Louisville Office, said the $6,843,800 project will be a design/build facility funded by Major Construction, Army Reserve funding.

The project, expected to begin this fall, should be completed early in fiscal year 2013, Beck said.

Harrie said the project will include 160 bed spaces in open bays and eight semi-private bed spaces for higher-ranking Soldiers, and an on-site parking lot.

The facility will house Soldiers during two-week annual training or extended training.

“The facility will closely resemble standard Army barracks,” Beck said. “It will be a two-story facility with floor plans modeled on standard barracks.”

The facility will have the same brick-veneer color scheme as building 60, the 88th Regional Support Command Headquarters, and resemble the exterior design of building 50.

It will include an Internet café area, separate shower and latrine areas, a laundry area, recycling area, etc. The floor plan will allow for the sectioning off the facility to house female Soldiers, Beck said.

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