CENTENNIAL, Colo. (10/27/11) – The Colorado Army National Guard will break ground on a new readiness center located on the eastern edge of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 28 at 9 a.m.
Colorado National Guard senior leaders, Air Force Academy senior leaders, and Mayor Stephen G. Bach are scheduled to speak.
The construction will begin in November 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in May 2013. At any time, 200 tradespeople will work at the readiness center construction site. In total, approximately 725 construction personnel will be involved in the construction of this facility.
The new 63,000-square-foot facility will be the home of approximately 350 Soldiers of Company A and the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment.
The battalion is the new light-infantry unit of the COARNG. At full strength, it will have more than 800 community-based Citizen-Soldiers in six companies, bringing new jobs to Colorado. New readiness centers have been or are being built in communities across Colorado, including Fort Lupton, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, Windsor and Alamosa.
“The addition of the readiness centers and the infantry battalion increases the value of the Guard to the community and enhances our ability to assist in a time of need,” said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado.
The project includes an assembly hall, a maintenance training work bay, classrooms, a kitchen, a recruiting office, a family support center, supply storage, locker areas and administrative offices.
The Colorado National Guard takes pride in its facilities blending into the communities in which its units are based. In the case of the North Colorado Springs Readiness Center, special care was taken to provide a design which honored the international style of architecture for which the U.S. Air Force Academy is famous. The architects, HB&A of Colorado Springs, were able to interpret this style to provide a transition between the academy and the local community.
The project will be constructed to achieve at least a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold rating, fully certified through the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainability features include geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaic arrays, solar preheating of ventilation air, daylighting sensors and a state-of-the-art energy management control system.
The Colorado Army National Guard is pleased to extend the use of the new North Colorado Springs Readiness Center to the community and is excited about the potential COARNG-community partnerships the new readiness center will be able to facilitate.
News media representatives are encouraged to cover the groundbreaking. Remarks by Colorado National Guard, U.S Air Force Academy and community leaders will begin at 9 a.m. at 9510 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80920.
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