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new Fort McCoy Child Development Center (CDC) is taking shape as the
company awarded the project quickly moved the modular sections into
Employees from Murillo Modular
group of Texas work on the new Child Development Center at Fort
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Thomas, the superintendent for the Murillo Modular group of
Carrollton, Texas, said his firm is constructing the CDC facility.
Construction began in mid-September and should be completed in 2009,
possibly in the summer time frame.
$4.8 million, approximately 13,000-square-foot facility is being
funded with appropriated funds under the National Defense
Authorization Act through a Department of Defense contract.
(modular) facilities are as good as, if not better than, construction
built on site," Thomas said. "A big advantage to using
modular construction is the speed in which the facility can be
Industries of Bristol, Ind., built the modular sections in its
facilities in about 30 days, Thomas said.
would probably take four or five times that long to do the work on
site," Thomas said. "The process is done in a
weather-controlled factory that takes the inclement-weather variable
out of the construction timeline."
Gundlach, Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works project manager, said
the new CDC will replace facilities built out of World-War II era
wood, which have been extensively renovated to meet the needs of the
youth and staff.
always a challenge to bring the (current structure) up to
standards," Gundlach said. "The new facility will be built
to meet up-to-date standards (for electrical, heating, cooling, fire
Modular also has been awarded the contract to construct a School Age
Services (SAS) facility near the CDC site. Thomas said he wasnít
sure when construction of the SAS facility would begin.
on how the project time line moves ahead, there could be some overlap
of the two projects, he said.
to an American Forces Press Service story, the new Fort McCoy CDC is
one of 20 facilities being built under an accelerated DoD-wide program
to support military child care.
George Bush called on Congress during his State of the Union address
earlier this year to provide more quality-of-life support for military
families, including expanded access to child care.
Personnel from the Murillo
Modular group of Texas get ready to move a modular section of
the new Child Development Center into place. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
centers offer full-day, part-day and hourly child care, as well as
part-day preschool and before- and after-school programs for
Budda, chief of the Business Activities of the Fort McCoy Directorate
of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said the CDC construction
will help support the Armyís commitment to take care of Army
Families through the Army Family Covenant and Army Community Covenant.
a modular facility is unique in that it takes far less labor than
doing it all on site, which saves labor costs, Thomas said.
modular facilities also include electrical and plumbing work installed
in the new building.
said the drywall also can be included.
next step in the process is to make the facility watertight and
weatherproof so heating sources can be installed and work can proceed
over the winter months on inside amenities, such as installing
flooring or painting.
end result will be as good as a building constructed the regular
way," said Thomas, who has been constructing modular facilities
for the past 18 years. "I think once itís finished that anyone
looking at it would have a hard time telling it from a building
constructed completely on site."