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Fort Gordon barracks renovation to begin next year

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A transformation of obsolete barracks at Fort Gordon into modern, college dormitory-style facilities will start early next year, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The $23.5 million contract, awarded to Engineering Design Technologies Inc., of Marietta, Ga., will involve overhauling two 41,506-square-foot buildings used to house Advance Individual Training program students who visit the base for short-term assignments.

The renovation of the old “bay style” barracks will extend the life of the buildings an additional 25 years, while giving them an upgrade to Army standards. They are scheduled for completion in March 2015.

The contract includes demolition, painting and upgrades to the electric, plumbing, and heating and air system. Each building will have the capacity to house 190 soldiers, with two soldiers per room. The rooms will provide a minimum of 90 square feet per soldier and contain two beds and wardrobe lockers, one desk and chair, a bathroom and a kitchenette.

A sloped roof and landscaping will round out the renovation, giving the exterior a fresh look. Additional building amenities to serve the residents include a day room for lounging and two laundry rooms and a computer learning center per floor.

The barracks will house the students while they rotate through their initial Army specialty training, normally for six to 12 weeks, before reporting to their first duty station.

During construction, students will be housed in adjacent facilities. Fort Gordon is home of the Signal Corps and trains more soldiers than any other branch training center of the Army.

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corgimom
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corgimom 11/16/11 - 11:18 am
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This is LONG overdue, I'm so

This is LONG overdue, I'm so glad they are finally renovating those terrible, sub-standard barracks.

fftaz71
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fftaz71 11/16/11 - 11:33 am
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Funny, they have been

Funny, they have been renovating barracks on post since 2008...yet because they are now getting to the AIT student barracks, this is suddenly news. They started at Barnes & Rice and worked toward AIT land. You are right though, its about time they upgraded the buildings these guys live and work in. The least they could do is give these people who serve a decent place to live in.

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desertcat6 11/18/11 - 02:30 am
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Awesome. What's another $

Awesome. What's another $ 23.5M project for the troops when we're $ 15T in debt.

fftaz71
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fftaz71 11/20/11 - 04:58 pm
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desert...my husbands barracks

desert...my husbands barracks has 4 kinds of mold growing in it, its been through mold abatement twice in 3 yrs. Its a 50+ yr old building. The very least these guys should have is buildings that dont have mold growing on the freaking new furniture the command had just bought to replace 10 yr old stuff. The military is not the cause of our debt....pork barrel projects, partisan politics and just plain old greedy politicians have caused our debt. YOU wouldnt live in housing that couldnt pass a basic health inspection so why should our military. Jails give better housing to the inmates than some of our military has..

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