The Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $32.5 million contract to an Oxford, Miss. construction firm to build a Vehicle Maintenance Instruction Facility on Fort Benning, according to a release.
The contract was given to Carothers Construction, Inc., which will design and construct a 185,000-square-foot facility Armor School soldiers will receive hands-on maintenance training on various defense vehicles namely the M1 Abrams family of tanks and some smaller vehicles.
Carothers will also construct 4.1 acres of vehicle parking, a 120-square-foot security building and all supporting site preparation and infrastructure for a 110,000-square foot General Instruction Building. Construction will span 450 calendar days.
All of this work will be done as the Armor School prepares to relocate from Fort Knox, KY., to Fort Benning as part of the Base Realignment and Closure initiative.
Like all Army construction projects, the Vehicle Maintenance Instruction Facility has been designed to achieve a minimum Silver rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council standards.