Fort McCoy News May 09, 2014

NCOA dining facility contract awarded

BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

A $5.9 million contract has been awarded for construction of a new dining facility for the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA).

Roy Brewer, Fort McCoy resident engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, said the contract was awarded to Wilson Brigadier Joint Venture of St. Louis, Mo.

"We recently held our preconstruction conference with the contract being awarded," Brewer said.

"Notice to proceed for the project was given April 22, and the contract completion date is Aug. 25, 2015."

The Fort McCoy NCOA is one of 33 Armywide — four Reserve, 15 active duty and 14 National Guard.

It falls under the command of the 83rd Army Reserve Readiness Training Center at Fort Knox, Ky.

Students from the NCOA's Warrior Leader Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Small Group Instructor Course and Army Basic Instructor Course all will be using the dining facility while attending classes.

According to the contract specifications, the dining facility will be built to accommodate up to 390 people, and is designed for a "minimum life" of 50 years.

Additionally, it will have the latest heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing systems built in, and is designed with the latest antiterrorism and force-protection measures considered.

When completed, the dining facility will compliment the classroom training, billeting and administrative functions by providing all of the doctrinal requirements of the academy within one contiguous footprint, according to Brewer.

"We are expecting (contractor) mobilization by the end of May and site excavation to start by mid-June," Brewer said.
The facility's location will also be central to NCOA operations.

"The new dining facility will be located between our headquarters, building 1361, and the functional branch, building 1363," said NCOA Director of Instruction Sgt. Maj. Paul Sharp.

Once all the construction projects are completed, the NCOA at McCoy will be one of the only academies Army wide that is set up as a self-sufficient, campus-style organization, Sharp said.

The NCOA was activated at Fort McCoy in 1988. It was dedicated and named after Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell, an Army Reserve Soldier from Menomonee Falls, Wis., who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004.