A Greenwood, Miss., company was recently awarded a $10.2 million contract to construct a state-of-the-art central wash facility on Fort Benning.
The facility, which will span 20 acres, will have the capabilities to wash 80 tracked or wheeled war-fighting vehicles in about 10 hours. R.C. Construction, the company charged with building the wash station, will incorporate InterClean basin technology.
"While standard wash facilities have multiple large, in-ground basins to recapture and reuse water, the InterClean basin technology operates with only two storage basins," according to a press release by the Savannah District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "They are smaller and easier to operate than standard systems. Also, while standard basins often require a time delay so they can refill themselves between heavy wash volume, InterClean basin technology ensures a continuous supply of water with no delay.
This project is second of its kind at any Army installation in the United States, the release said. A similar facility is under construction in Alaska. Design and construction will span 540 days. Included in the plan are parking and staging areas for 52 vehicle, three drive-through washing lanes equipped with InterClean basin technology, 20 individual wash stations, an enclosed break shelter and an operating booth.
The central wash facility will accommodate the Fort Knox Armor School, which is moving to Fort Benning by Sept. 2011 as part of the Army’s Base Realignment and Closure program.
Like all Army construction, the central wash facility will satisfy Silver rating criteria established by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council standards.