Fort Gordon barracks renovation to begin next year

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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