FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Skye A. Robinson
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (10/12/12) – The Colorado Army National Guard will open its newest readiness center in Windsor, Colo., Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Colorado National Guard senior leaders and civic leaders are scheduled to speak.
The new 17-acre facility will be the home of approximately 130 Soldiers of the 1157th Forward Support Company of the 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment.
Construction on the almost $10 million facility began in September 2011 and employed as many as 450 people during the design and construction. The project is currently on track for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum rating, fully certified through the U.S. Green Building Council. Platinum is the highest rating a building can receive.
This new facility is 30,715 square feet and includes an assembly hall, a maintenance training work bay, a kitchen, a recruiting office, a family support office, supply storage, locker areas, classrooms and administrative offices.
The architect for this project is RB+B Architects, Inc. from Fort Collins, Colo., and the general contractor is Adolfson & Peterson Construction from Aurora, Colo.
“The addition of the readiness centers and the infantry battalion increases the value of the National 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 Colorado National Guard takes pride in its facilities blending into the communities in which the units are based. The Colorado Army National Guard is pleased to extend the use of the new Windsor Readiness Center to the community and is excited about the potential to enhance COARNG-community partnerships the new readiness center will be able to facilitate. For more information on how community members can use of the facility for a nominal fee, visit the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website and scroll down to the armory rental regulation.
The 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry, is the new light infantry unit of the COARNG. At full strength, this battalion will comprise 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 Alamosa, Fort Lupton, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs and Windsor.
News media representatives are encouraged to cover the groundbreaking. Remarks by Colorado National Guard and community leaders will begin at 1:30 p.m. inside the readiness center at 31725 Great Western Drive, Windsor, Colo., 80550.
The placement of the center's permanent colors and ribbon cutting will take place in front of the building following the remarks.
A community reception with light refreshments, and family activities will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
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