March 26, 2009

Fort Pickett to receive stimulus funds for restoration projects

By Maj. Cotton Puryear
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Maneuver Training Center at Fort Pickett is scheduled to receive approximately $7.5 million in funding for infrastructure investments as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to an announcement made March 24 by U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner. The funds released by the Department of Defense are part of a state-wide investment of almost $330 million.

According to the news release from Senators Webb and Warner, the projects are designed to repair aging infrastructure, improve energy efficiency, improve our nation’s military capability and create jobs for Virginians.

“This $330 million direct investment in maintenance and modernization of Virginia’s military installations will both strengthen our national security and stimulate economic growth at a time when Virginia’s communities need it most,” said Senator Webb in the release.

“These projects will help create jobs in the short-term while also promoting longer-range energy savings and improving quality-of-life circumstances for many of Virginia’s military families,” Senator Warner said in the release.

According to documents provided by the Virginia National Guard Facilities Management Office, the stimulus funds for Fort Pickett will be used in three projects. The intent of the projects is to reduce energy consumption and upgrade existing facilities.

“Fort Pickett is extremely excited about receiving this stimulus package”, said Col. Tom Wilkinson, commander of Fort Pickett. “Not only will the renovations planned be advantageous to the soldiers and units who train here through quality of life initiatives, but also to the full-time forces stationed here. We will also be able to make some significant energy saving improvements to better position us for the future.  These upgrades will only enhance our goal of positioning Fort Pickett as a premiere training facility.”

Approximately $1.7 million is scheduled for energy upgrades of buildings at Fort Pickett that will include lighting, heating and air conditioning and insulation. The other two projects are two phases of interior renovations scheduled for $2.8 million and $3 million for each phase.

The interior renovation projects will include thermal insulation and moisture protection, replacing interior doors and frames, new paint, ceiling replacement and replacement of current heating systems with more energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Funds will also be used to install more energy efficient lighting and upgrade data and phone systems.

The buildings targeted for the projects include facilities used by the full-time staff at Fort Pickett as well as barracks buildings, dining facilities, administrative office space and supply facilities used by units that come to Fort Pickett for training.

The funds have not been released at this point, but are scheduled to be obligated in this fiscal year. The projects should take about 18 months to complete.

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