The Louisville, Ky., office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded a $12.3 million contract May 24 for the construction of a new 1,428-person annual training/mobilization dining facility in the 2400/2500 block at Fort McCoy.
The contract, totaling $12,384,200, was awarded to L.S. Black Constructors Inc. of Saint Paul, Minn., according to the USACE. This is the same contractor constructing a similar dining facility in the 1800/1900 block at the installation.
According to the contract scope of work, the new facility will be built with food preparation and cooking areas; an entrance/control area; and serving, dining, dishwashing, administration, and locker areas. It will also have a state-of-the-art waste-disposal system, a receiving and loading dock, cold and dry storage, and more.
Once completed, this dining facility will be the sixth brick-and-mortar dining facility on post. The contractor should break ground on the project yet this summer, and the current planned completion date is August 2019, said Nathan Butts, contract oversight representative with the Fort McCoy Project Office of the USACE.
Fort McCoy Food Service Manager Andy Pisney with the Logistics Readiness Center Supply and Services Division said the new dining facility, just like the one under construction at the 1800/1900 block, is needed and will increase food service capabilities.
Pisney’s office oversees the food-service contract for Fort McCoy dining facilities.
“This facility also will likely be a unit-operated dining facility,” Pisney said. He said it will work well for larger units that currently might sign out two or three World War II-era facilities to feed troops.
Fort McCoy has 32 transient training dining facilities. The post’s cantonment area, built during World War II in “cookie-clutter blocks,” puts a dining facility within walking distance of wherever a unit is billeted, Pisney said.
Units that sign out a dining facility develop their own food service schedules and menus and feed their troops on the unit’s schedule in a location convenient for their personnel.
“Now they’ll only have to sign out one facility when these new facilities are done,” Pisney said.
Learn more about Fort McCoy online at www.mccoy.army.mil, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy,” and on Twitter by searching “usagmccoy.”