Apr 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (KNSI) - The hard hats and gold-plated shovels were in high volume today in St. Joseph - the U.S. Army Reserve broke ground on their new center and storage facility.
The new facility, taking shape on a vacant 10 acres of land along Highway 75, will have around 40,000 square feet of space for administrative and educational offices, as well as a learning center, assembly hall, library, weapons simulator and fitness area.
The project will also include another 1,200 square feet for storage of military and private vehicles.
The celebration included opening remarks by Army Major General Karen LeDoux of the 88th Regional Army Reserve Support Command, based out of Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
LeDoux, a two-star general hailing from Virginia, says the facility was a crucial addition to the St. Cloud area. She says they've seen a crunch at the St. Cloud Armory due to a shortage of adequate space for all of the Army's mission requirements.
"The current facility this unit is in is just not appropriately sized," she says. "We'll now have a building that's designed for an engineer unit, and enough space not just for the full-time unit, but also when the soldiers are there for training."
LeDoux adds, the features of the new facility will hold a mirror up to the technological progress within the army in recent years.
"As society and technology changes, we see advances in the Army as well," LeDoux says. "The facility will allow our soldiers to do their trainings with a lot of the computers the army is using all over the country.
The $11 million project received funding in 2012. They're expecting soldiers to move into the building in late 2014 or early 2015.