Fort McCoy News Aug. 25, 2017

Access Control Point project construction

underway at Fort McCoy

STORY & PHOTO BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Construction is underway on the new Access Control Point (ACP) that will replace the current Gate 20 at Fort McCoy.

A $9.9 million contract for the new construction was awarded in May to Catamount Constructors Inc. of Lakewood, Colo., said Ken Green, construction representative and mechanical engineering technician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which is managing the contract.

Workers with Catamount Constructors, Inc. of Lakewood, Colo., complete ground work as part of the Fort McCoy Access Control Point project Aug. 4 at Fort McCoy.
Workers with Catamount Constructors, Inc. of Lakewood, Colo., complete
ground work as part of the Fort McCoy Access Control Point project Aug.
4 at Fort McCoy.

"The contract duration is for 540 calendar days, which has the project's contract completion date set for November 2018," Green said.

The project description shows construction includes the building of a new identification check area with a new gatehouse; search office; inspection canopies; and development and construction of new roadways, parking, lighting, and traffic control signals.

There will be physical security items built into the project, too. This includes passive and active vehicle barriers with comprehensive control systems as well as security fencing, information systems, fire protection and alarm systems, and installation of an Intrusion Detection System.

Additionally, all buildings will be made of permanent construction materials with reinforced concrete foundations, concrete floor slabs, and reinforced concrete or masonry walls, Green said.

"The design for all the buildings constructed at the ACP calls for those buildings to have a minimum life of 50 years," Green said. "The buildings are also designed to have many energy efficiencies built in."

Active construction on the project area, which is near the Regional Training Site-Medical and Medical Simulation Training Center areas, began in June and is still in ground-preparation phase.

For more information about the ACP project, call the Fort McCoy USACE Project Office at 608-388-2063.