Colorado Army National Guard officials broke ground on their newest facility Monday, adding yet another construction project to the flurry of activity near Fort Carson airfield.
Construction on the new Training Center Complex is expected to last through December, when National Guard officials expect to be able to house up to 500 soldiers at a time at the $40 million complex, said 2nd Lt. Skye Robinson, a National Guard spokesman.
The project marks the final phase in the National Guard’s move to upgrade its facilities on the 160 acres it occupies on Fort Carson.
Construction on the $40 million Guard’s Regional Training Institute is slated to end in the spring, offering a schoolhouse for its officer candidate school, warrant officer school and warrior leader course. The first phase — a maintenance facility — was finished in 2000.
The 165,195 square-foot complex that began on Monday will include dining halls, barracks, classrooms, and weapons vaults, the statement said. In the past, Guard troops stayed in Fort Carson’s barracks when training at the post.
Construction crews have been a common sight near Butts Army Airfield, west of Fountain.
In June, crews broke ground on the headquarters building for the post’s new combat aviation brigade, a 113-helicopter unit awarded to the post in 2011.
Nearly $200 million in contracts were inked for that work over the summer, representing a little less than a third of the total funding needed to build facilities for the 2,700-soldier unit. No new contracts are slated for fiscal year 2013, which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2013.
The first of the brigade’s helicopters are expected to arrive in early 2013.
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