By Joe Riedel, Director of Business Development at Straub Construction
Shovel meets dirt. One of the most exciting times for any construction project, but the pomp and circumstance surrounding this landmark project wasn’t a typical event. The cold and wet conditions didn’t deter roughly 100 people from participating in the ground breaking for the Transient Barracks at the Mission Training Complex, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
The Dignitaries – More brass than an orchestra.
The distinguished official party included Senator Jerry Moran (KS), LTG Timothy J. Kadavy (Director, Army National Guard), MG Lee E. Tafanelli (Adjunct General, Kansas National Guard), MG Victor J. Braden (Commanding General, 35th Infantry Division) and LTC Kurt A. Rorvik (Commander, Mission Training Complex-Leavenworth). Every person spoke, describing the importance of this project to the State of Kansas, the Army National Guard and the 35th Infantry Division.
Furthering Their Purpose
Ft. Leavenworth is widely known as the Intellectual Center of the Army. Annually, 12,500 people train at the Mission Training Complex and 35th Infantry Division Headquarters. The barracks will provide 540 beds for unaccompanied soldiers who will participate in training exercises away from their home station. This facility will enhance National Guard readiness by improving the logistical issues and high costs of having the users staying in offsite hotels. The time and money saved will produce better, quality training.
• Architect: HTK Architects, Topeka, KS
• 72,521 SF Total (2 stories)
• Designed to be a minimum of 50 years in accordance with UFC 1-200-02, including energy efficiencies, building envelope and integrated building systems technology and performance.
This is the 2nd project that we’ve worked on for the Kansas Army National Guard, having completed the Heartland Preparedness Center in Wichita, Kansas in 2014. It’s an honor to be able to do our part to support the brave men and women of the Kansas Army National Guard.