Contractors continue work on two new dining facilities in 1800 and 2400 blocks of Fort McCoy through the winter.
The facility construction in the 1800 block for the new $13.5 million, 1,428-person annual training/mobilization dining facility began in May 2018 and, as of Jan. 4, was nearly 40 percent complete, said Nathan Butts, contract oversight representative with the Fort McCoy Project Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The project is being constructed by contractor L.S. Black Constructors of St. Paul, Minn.
The construction of the facility in the 2400 block, also a new 1,428-person annual training/mobilization dining facility, began in July 2018. The Louisville, Ky., office of USACE awarded a $12.3 million contract in May for the construction this facility, Butts said.
The contract also was awarded to L.S. Black Constructors Inc. As of Jan 11, this facility was at approximately 19 percent complete.
According to the contract scope of work for each facility, the new facilities 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, these dining facilities will be the fifth and sixth brick-and-mortar dining facilities on post. Additionally, Army Corps of Engineer officials said building a dining facility is different than building other types of facilities and generally takes longer.
“These facilities require lots of specialty equipment, which means additional time is needed to build the connections and lines for that equipment into the infrastructure,” said Nathan Butts, contract oversight representative with the Army Corps of Engineers.
Fort McCoy Food Service Manager Andy Pisney with the Logistics Readiness Center Supply and Services Division said the new dining facilities are needed and will increase food-service capabilities. Pisney’s office oversees the food-service contract for Fort McCoy dining facilities.
When the facilities are done, they will be more of a unit-operated dining facility, Pisney said. It will really work well, he said, for larger units that currently might sign out two or three of the installation’s World War II-era facilities to feed troops.”
The facilities are being built on several acres of land. They will have a large parking lot and plenty of space for customers.
Both facilities are expected to be complete later in the year.
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