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Millions authorized for construction on post
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SAVANNAH  — The next couple years will bring millions of dollars in construction to Fort Stewart as the Savannah District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to award new contracts.  
“We’ve awarded a number of large contracts here at Fort Stewart that will impact the local economy,” said corps’ resident engineer Dave Warren. “These contracts will give Savannah-area sub-contractors an opportunity to bid. Also, the area will benefit from the high volume of construction workers coming to Fort Stewart every day.”  
One noteworthy project is a $32 million renovation of the Volunteer Army barracks. Built between 1977 and 1984, the VOLAR barracks consist of 30 buildings (987,901 square feet) and sleeps 2,315 soldiers. Under the renovation contract, the barracks will undergo several exterior repairs, such as enclosing and conditioning all stairwells and vestibules, enclosing the courtyard with a translucent roof system and repairing cracks in the brick facade. The project was awarded in September as two separate contracts to Whitesell Green Yates and Sons of Biloxi, Miss. All barracks are expected to be finished by mid-December 2012. 
Also on the list of upcoming construction are several new facilities for the 3rd Sustainment Brigade totaling $27 million, which the corps awarded under three separate contracts in September. Davis Group of Sanford, Fla., won a $7.7 million contract to build a company operations facility. Additionally, IL Fleming of Midway won the contract for a $16.2 million brigade headquarters building, totaling 55,300 square feet. Lifecycle Construction Services of Washington, D.C., won a $3.6 million contract for classroom and storage facilities. These new 3rd Sustainment Brigade facilities are tentatively scheduled for completion in spring 2011.
The corps is also starting construction on a $315 million Infantry Brigade Combat Team Complex at Fort Stewart. Designed to accommodate 3,500 soldiers and 950 wheeled vehicles, the complex is the largest construction project at Fort Stewart and one of the largest military construction projects for the corps’ Savannah District. 
The IBCT project consists of six separate contracts awarded incrementally to meet the autumn 2011 completion date. So far, four contracts have been awarded, totaling $273.5 million. A $150 million contract was awarded in May to Walbridge Aldinger of Detroit for the design and construction of six company operations facilities, six tactical equipment maintenance facilities and all necessary infrastructure for the entire 450-acre site.
Also in May, Archer Western of Chicago received a $92.7 million contract to construct 20 72-man barracks. Later in August, M.A. Mortenson of Minneapolis won a contract to build a $20.9 million headquarters building. The most recent contract was awarded in October to HS Joint Venture of Atlanta to build a $10.3 million dining facility. Future contracts to be awarded for the IBCT complex include a physical fitness facility and a troop medical clinic.
Like all Army construction, these Fort Stewart projects will satisfy silver rating criteria established by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council standards.
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