Fort McCoy News July 12, 2013

$9.3 million CIF contract awarded

Public Affairs Staff

The contract to build a new $9.3 million Central Issue Facility (CIF) at Fort McCoy has been awarded to KEPA-TCI (Architects, Engineers, Contractor of La Crosse) Joint Venture LLC.

A CIF issues military organizational clothing and individual equipment items to authorized Soldiers. The facility is necessary for the receipt, stock, issue, exchange and turn-in of designated items.

Roy Brewer, Fort McCoy resident engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, said a project notice to proceed is expected to be issued this month.

The final design phase of the facility will follow, with construction expected to begin in the late August to early September time frame, he said. The facility is scheduled to be completed in January 2015.

Tom Lovgren, the Fort McCoy CIF Property Book officer, said the new, permanent modern warehouse facility will be constructed specifically for CIF operations.

This will be the first such facility in the Army Reserve, with new CIF structures next slated for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Lovgren added.

"We're really excited about the new facility," Lovgren said. "We first started planning for it back in 2006."

The facility will replace a 1940s-era facility originally built to support loading and unloading of equipment and horses, he said.

The 61,000-square-foot facility will include approximately 46,000-square-feet for warehouse storage, with maintenance and repair areas. Other features in the remaining 15,000-square-feet include office areas, a conference room, fitting rooms, and shipping and receiving offices.

Site improvements, including paving, exterior lighting, landscaping and the extension of utilities also are part of the contract.

A unique feature of the new structure resulted from planning input from CIF personnel, Lovgren said. Traditionally, CIFs have had an exterior roof overhang where troops waited before being issued their equipment.

Because of Wisconsin's climate, Lovgren said the CIF staff recommended the extra space be included in a waiting area inside the facility and out of the weather elements.

Another feature of this area will be an orientation area where Soldiers can become familiar with the CIF issuance procedures.

The new CIF structure will include a humidity-controlled area to store and preserve equipment, such as body armor and plates.

Lovgren said the new facility will feature in-floor heating, which will help make customers and staff more comfortable.

The new facility also will have drive-in bays to allow personnel to receive individual equipment and clothing inside, rather than an outside dock that is exposed to the weather elements, Lovgren said.

The facility location, near warehouse/storage buildings 490 and 495, will make it easier for units to find.

Lovgren said the new CIF structure will make it possible for personnel to use shopping carts to receive the equipment and move through the facility, an option not available with the current facility layout.

The contract also specifies the removal of the old facility after the new facility is built, he said.