|Phase II construction at the Fort McCoy Staff Sgt. Todd
R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy at Fort McCoy has been
approved and will begin sometime this fall.
Personnel from the Army Corps of
Engineers and the contracted firm, DeArteaga-Miron, Joint
Venture, LLC, Neenah, Wis., meet at Fort McCoy to discuss the
NCO Academy Phase II project.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
The project will add 12 classrooms to the NCO Academy. Roy Brewer,
Fort McCoy resident engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, said the
facility will be constructed on a vacant lot located near Phase I
Phase I construction, concluded in September 2007, and provided an
administrative building in the installation’s 1300 block.
The NCO Academy provides professional-development training to Army
Reserve Soldiers, specifically noncommissioned officers.
The Phase II classrooms will support NCO Academy courses, consolidate
most of the NCO instructors and students, and provide the most-modern
computer/technological amenities available. The U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, Louisville is the contracting oversight organization, with
assistance from the Omaha, Neb., office.
DeArteaga-Miron, Joint Venture (JV), LLC, Neenah, Wis., was awarded the
$7,840,305 contract in May. Nine bids were received for the project,
which will be funded with Major Construction, Army Reserve funding,
The two-story, 37,000-square-foot classroom facility is being
constructed as a design/build facility, Brewer said.
Betty Beck, Army Corps of Engineers project manager, said
DeArteaga-Miron JV will have 18 months to complete the Phase II project
after construction begins. Beck said DeArteaga and Miron, both small
businesses, submitted a joint-venture bid to share the contract.
If construction begins this fall after the design/build plan is
submitted, it is scheduled to be completed in the early 2013 time frame,
After construction of the NCO Academy classroom facility is completed,
planning/construction for Phase III of the program will intensify,
Brewer said. Phase III of the NCO Academy project is to build a
dormitory structure to house students attending NCO Academy courses.
No dates or funding have been established to construct Phase III of the
project, said Tom Murphy, Army Corps of Engineers project manager. Phase
III also will be constructed with Major Construction, Army Reserve