Work on numerous projects around Fort McCoy continues as summer moves forward.

Projects include construction on two dining facilities, placement of new sidewalks, repairs to bridges and building a new access control point.

Construction on a new $13.5 million, 1,428-person annual training/mobilization dining facility, which began at Fort McCoy in April by contractor L.S. Black Constructors of St. Paul, Minnesota, is close to 10 percent complete, said Nathan Butts, contract oversight representative with the Fort McCoy Project Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

As of mid-July, Butts said 70 percent of the structural concrete-masonry wall has been installed. Also, under-slab plumbing rough-in and under-slab electrical continues, metal door frames are being installed, and underground main electrical conduit excavation has started.

L.S. Black Constructors also has begun preparing an area for construction of a $12.3 million 1,428-person annual training/mobilization dining facility on the cantonment area. The area is being cleared of debris, and a fence has been installed to begin construction.

Ken Green, also a contract oversight representative with the Fort McCoy Project Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said work on the Access Control Point project surpassed the 60 percent completion point by mid-July.

Duct bank/hand-hole installation, latrine tile work, grounding of systems, and placement of canopy force protection walls continue, Green said.

Fort McCoy’s Directorate of Public Works also coordinated earlier in the year for sidewalk work to be completed on the cantonment area. Allcon Construction of Milwaukee has been working on the new sidewalks through July, said general engineer John Adams with DPW.

“The sidewalks are part of the concrete and gravel paving contract for DPW,” Adams said. “The width of the new sidewalk was increased to six feet from the original four-foot width. With increased pedestrian traffic by troops during training periods, the additional width provides more safety, pedestrian volume, and better mobility for troops to get to their destinations in the cantonment area.”

Near the Youth Center, work on two new buildings for the installation’s Child and Youth Services administration and storage is nearing completion. The contract for construction was awarded in June 2017 for $1.87 million. In mid-July, contractors had the buildings mostly completed, and landscaping work to replant grass and related work was being finalized.

In Constitution Park, contractors were completing road work that includes paving in the park where a new $724,000 storage building for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation was built. The building was completed by Nuvo Construction of Milwaukee.

Work also was completed on two bridges on the cantonment area during July.

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