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National Guard Begins Construction at Fort Pickett
February 3, 2009

The Virginia National Guard has announced the commencement of Phase 1 construction on a new multi-million dollar headquarters building and training center for the 183rd Regional Training Institute (RTI), the Virginia Guard’s primary training unit, at Fort Pickett, Va. Phase 1 of this two-phase, $25 million military construction project for the RTI has a 22-month design-build schedule with expected completion in August 2010. The Norfolk District, Army Corps of Engineers is managing the construction project in close conjunction with its contractor, Barton Malow Company of Charlottesville, Va.

The key features of the Phase 1 RTI construction project are:

  • Approximately 8,000 square foot regimental headquarters building that will house offices, administrative workspace and a conference room for the command group, operations and staff sections and the headquarters company;
  • Approximately 61,500 square foot education building with administrative and office space for the RTI's three training battalions, classrooms, a library, learning center, maintenance classroom, medical aid station, supply area and fitness center;
  • Approximately 9,700 square foot Officer Candidate School building, with offices, administrative workspace, conference room, classrooms and counseling areas; and
  • Approximately 4,900 square foot, 250-seat auditorium and stage.

“We are under contract for Phase 1 right now, and hoping to receive congressional appropriation for Phase 2 in Fiscal Year 2010,” said Major Christopher S. Dunn, the construction project manager for the Virginia National Guard. Major Dunn said Congress has not appropriated Phase 2 funding, but plans include a regimental dining hall and three 124,000 square foot barracks buildings. The estimated cost of Phase 2 construction is $32 million, and with funds approval the projected completion date is October 2012.


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