FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
Air National Guard Capt. Darin Overstreet
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (8/16/12) – The Colorado Army National Guard will break ground on a new readiness center in Alamosa, Colo., Aug. 17.
Colorado National Guard senior leaders are scheduled to speak starting at 9 a.m.
Planning for the building began in 2009. It is the fifth and final readiness center to be built with funding granted under the “Grow the Army” initiative.
Scheduled to be completed in September 2013, the building cost is expected to bring $8,320,000 into the local economy, with 75 percent coming from federal funds.
Located at 1877 Old Sanford Road, the 27,150-square-foot facility will be the new home of the approximately 80 part-time and four full-time Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry.
“We look forward to integrating into the Alamosa community,” said the Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards. “The addition of a permanent readiness center will enable Colorado Guardsmen to respond rapidly to emergency situations in southern Colorado. Assisting neighbors and our communities during their time of need, as we did during the blizzards of 2006-07, is the most rewarding mission we have.”
The building will house two 1,300-square-foot classrooms and a 4,698-square-foot assembly hall, which will be available for use by the community for local events.
The contractor for the project is FCI Construction, Inc., from Durango, Colo. Approximately 35 percent of the construction labor will be provided by local firms, including all civil and electrical work, landscaping, concrete and plumbing.
Currently, the closest permanent readiness center to Alamosa is located in Pueblo, Colo., which is approximately 120 miles away.
Media representatives wishing to attend should RSVP with Air National Guard Capt. Darin Overstreet, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-250-1053, or Army National Guard Sgt. Joseph VonNida at 303-912-3829.
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