$969,000 Fort McCoy renovation project to be completed soon

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Employees of MDM Construction in Rockford, Ill., work on installing new steel siding on one of several buildings being renovated at Fort McCoy. The project included removing and disposing of asbestos siding. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol)

FORT McCOY, Wis. (WKBT) — Renovation work on several World War II-era buildings at Fort McCoy that began in late summer to remove asbestos siding and make other repairs is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
The upgrades affect 11 buildings in the 2500, 2600, 2700 and 2800 blocks, said Dan Hanson, construction inspection branch chief with the fort’s Public Works Directorate.
Contractor MDM Construction, headquartered in Rockford, Ill., was awarded a contract of about $969,000 late last summer, Hanson said.
The buildings are wood-framed, split-level or single-level administration buildings, he said.
“The contractor is removing asbestos siding and coaxial cable, repairing any rot or water damage, installing steel siding and a vapor barrier, removing plywood skirting and installing PVC skirting, plus much more,” Hanson said.
The project involves removing and disposing of the asbestos siding, gutters, soffit and fascia, stoops, wall packs, doors, door frames, exterior coaxial cable, shrubs, landscape timbers and plywood skirting, Hanson said.
Upgrades to the buildings include installing new steel siding and associated accessories, new gutters and downspouts, vented soffit and fascia, steel stoops and a weather barrier, new doors and frames, exterior wall packs, PVC skirting and foundation vent wells,
In addition, construction workers poured concrete slabs, steps, piers, mow strips and aprons; reinstalled the building signs; regraded building perimeters, replaced building signs, and regraded building perimeters. They will sow new grass after other work is completed.
Throughout the past decade, Fort McCoy has undergone unprecedented modernization, according to the 2020 Fort McCoy Executive Summary.
The improvement effort also featured training-area development and expansion, increased training and customer-support capacity and improved quality-of-life opportunities, according to the summary.
Fort McCoy, the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin, has provided support and facilities for field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services nearly every year since 1984.