FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Army National Guard 1st Lt. Skye Robinson
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Colorado Army National Guard will open its newest readiness center in Alamosa, Colo., Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Colorado National Guard senior leaders and civic leaders are scheduled to speak.
The new, 22-acre facility will be the home of approximately 80 part-time and four full-time Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment.
Located at 1877 Old Sanford Road, the 27,150-square-foot facility will include 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.
Planning for the building began in 2009 and construction started in July 2012. It is the fourth of five readiness centers to be built with funding granted under the Grow the Army initiative.
This project brought almost $10 million to the state and local economies and as many as 400 people were employed as part of the overall design and construction.
“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 here during the blizzards of 2006-07, is the most rewarding mission we have.”
Previously, the closest permanent readiness center to Alamosa was located approximately 120 miles away in Pueblo, Colo.
The contractor for the project is FCI Construction, Inc., from Durango, Colo. Many local firms were used for civil and electrical work, landscaping, concrete, and plumbing. Coover-Clark Architects provided the master plan and design for the site.
Media representatives wishing to attend should RSVP with Army National Guard 1st Lt. Skye Robinson at 720-250-1053.
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