|By Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff
Fort McCoy installation leadership and civilian contractors donned hard
hats and used golden shovels Sept. 28 to break ground for the
construction of the Annual Training/Mobilization (AT/MOB) barracks.
Officials participating in the
groundbreaking ceremony for the Annual Training/Mobilization
Barracks project at Fort McCoy were, left to right: Garrison
Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette Jr.; Darell Harlin, TCI
Architects, La Crosse, Wis.; Elmer Hanson, Four Bears
Construction, Elroy, Wis.; Roy Brewer, U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers; Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser; Fort McCoy
Senior Commander Maj. Gen. Glenn J. Lesniak, and Garrison Deputy
Commander Lt. Col. Rob Humphrey.
(Photo by Allan Harding)
“This is a historic event,” said Darrell Neitzel, director of the
Directorate of Public Works (DPW) at Fort McCoy, “This is the first
permanent Soldier training barracks that has been built at Fort
The building will be located in the 2800-2900 blocks of Fort McCoy.
Fort McCoy Senior Commander Maj. Gen. Glenn J. Lesniak emphasized
the historical significance of the event in his remarks at the
ceremony. “The landmark look that you see at Fort McCoy was
originated in 1942. More than 1,500 facilities were built to support
operations for about five years. Today, 272 of those facilities are
still in use as barracks.”
“The landmark look will be replaced with the look of the AT/MOB
facility,” Lesniak said. “It’s the first brick-and-mortar barracks
building to ever be built at Fort McCoy. It will be a two-story
structure and house 168 personnel.”
The barracks design is adapted from the design active-duty
installations use; it will replicate a housing complex environment
with laundry and other facilities located in the area, he said.
The facility is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
LEED is a green building certification system that takes into account
the building site’s sustainability and regional priority, the building’s
water efficiency and energy usage, the materials and resources used to
construct the building, its innovation in design and the building’s
indoor environmental quality.
“It’s a step toward modernizing Fort McCoy so it can be in service for
the next 100 years,” Lesniak said.
Maj. Gen. Glenn J. Lesniak, Fort
McCoy senior commander, speaks during the groundbreaking
ceremony for the new Annual Training/Mobilization barracks at
Fort McCoy. (Photo by Allan
Modernizing Fort McCoy is an ongoing process that has included more
than $98 million in renovation projects from fiscal year 2008–2011,
according to the DPW Master Planning Division. DPW, with support by
the post, and support by congressional leaders and local
communities, has done a tremendous job with the renovations and
upgrades at Fort McCoy, Lesniak said. A testament to the outstanding
upgraded facilities at Fort McCoy was given by the commander from
the last unit to mobilize at Fort McCoy. “He said this is the best
site he has ever mobilized from and gave Fort McCoy a number of
other compliments about the services and facilities,” Lesniak said.
Following his remarks Lesniak, along with Fort McCoy Garrison
Commander Col. David E. Chesser, Project Engineer for the Army Corp
of Engineers Roy E. Brewer, Four Bears Construction Inc. Contractor
Representative Elmer L. Hanson, and TCI
Architects/Engineers/Contractor Inc. Contractor Representative
Darell S. Harlin broke ground at the construction site. Garrison
Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Rob Humphrey and Garrison Command Sergeant
Major Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette Jr. also accompanied
The Army Corp of Engineers Fort McCoy project office will oversee
the project. Four Bears/TCI Joint Venture is the contractor for this
design/build project. The project will cost just over $6.8 million.
The completion date is expected by Oct. 1, 2012.