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After a year of construction, the nearly $1.3 million dormitory renovations on Building 6038 at Camp James E. Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., are complete.
Renovations began on the 6th Ranger Training Battalion dormitory in August 2010 and the doors were offically opened Oct. 5 with a ribbon cutting that included members of the 6th RTB and local representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who oversaw the project.
Upgrades to the dormitory included an upgraded fire alarm system, sprinkler system, energy efficient windows, exterior and interior paint upgrades, indoor electrical, flooring and bathroom renovations.
Also, a new fire pump building was installed to provide sprinkler flow required by applicable building codes and standards.
B.L. Harbert did an exceptional job with this project considering the intricacies involved in renovations and the element of unforeseen conditions once work started, said Capt. Benjamin Sevald, 6th RTB S-5. The project was threatened by a very large rainstorm in September 2011. The rainstorm caused $50,000 worth of water damage to the second and third floors from a leak in the roof, which was not part of the initial contract.
Fort Bennings Directorate of Public Works stepped in with contingency funds to help defer the additional costs to repair the building and finish the renovation project, he said.