Officials from Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Marine Corps
Logistics Command, Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division, MCLB Albany
and Gulf-Hernandez Joint Venture marked the
beginning of construction for a new Weapons Storage and Inspection Facility during a
groundbreaking ceremony, here, Nov. 23.
The nearly 59,000-square foot, single-story
facility is estimated to
cost more than $13.5 million, according to Col. James C. Carroll III, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, and
“It is an honor to be standing here today,
breaking ground on this facility, which will serve as a new, state-of-the-art
Weapons Storage and Inspection Facility for our primary tenant, Marine Corps
Logistics Command,” Carroll said. “The capabilities provided by and through
this groundbreaking and follow-on construction, will directly and positively
impact our warfighters around the globe.
“(This project will) allow for a safer, more
efficient and secure, as well as code compliant and climate-controllable
building to store and inspect critical weaponry essential to the warfighter's
success,” he added.
This facility, once complete, will meet the
Department of Defense energy goals and mandates, according to Carroll.
“The National Defense Authorization Act of
2007 requires DOD bases to produce or procure 50 percent of total energy needs
from renewably energy sources and this building will certainly do that,” he
Carroll extended a special thanks to Maj. Gen. Craig C. Crenshaw, commanding general, LOGCOM; Michael T. Madden, executive
deputy, LOGCOM; Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, commander,
Marine Corps Installations East, and MCLB Albany’s Installation and Environment
Division representatives, who attended the ceremony.
“Without this collaborative effort, we would
not be breaking ground today and starting construction on this facility,”
Navy Lt. Jose Centenorosado, director, FEAD, MCLB
Albany, participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.
“This project was awarded in November 2015 and the
completion date is scheduled for December 2016,” Centenorosado said. “It’s
a pleasure to be a part of the team and the base action to move forward to
getting the new facilities they need.”