Greenville, S.C., June 22, 2015 … The S.C. National Guard has selected Hendrick Construction as the construction manager at risk for construction for the $18 million Greenville Readiness Center and the $12 million Field Maintenance Shop. Both will be located across from the existing Greenville Armory on property leased from the S.C. Technology and Aviation Center, and are expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
“Our recent experience constructing the Army Aviation Support Facility at Donaldson Field means there is no learning curve for us and we can hit the ground running,” said Roger Hendrick of Hendrick Construction. “These facilities further solidify the area as an aviation hub, creating jobs and generating economic growth for the region.”
“SCTAC is proud to be the home of the SC National Guard Aviation Center of Excellence,” said Jody Bryson, president and CEO of the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC). “When complete, the new Readiness Center and Field Maintenance Shop will provide the perfect complement to the Army Aviation Support Facility, in operation since 2014. The combination of these three state-of-the-art facilities will create a ‘campus’ at SCTAC that will serve as a major economic development catalyst for SCTAC, the City of Greenville and Greenville County.”
The 95,225 square foot Greenville Readiness Center “is the modern-day version of an armory,” said John Powell, of LTC Associates, architect for both facilities. Located on 14 acres, two units will be based here with separate drill halls and a shared kitchen. There will also be space for aviation-related support services, such as communications.
The Greenville Readiness Center will also be home to the S.C. National Guard’s partnership with Greenville Technical College to train aircraft mechanics through its FAA-approved program. The facility will include staff offices, classrooms and lab space. The bottom floor will contain the aircraft hangar with space to house 12 aircraft.
“We are very enthusiastic about our partnership with the National Guard and what these facilities will do for a number of our programs,” said Joel Welch, dean of the business and technology division of Greenville Technical College. “Our aircraft maintenance program operates at capacity year-round. With these additions, we will be able to expand that program. Additionally, we’ll be able to increase the training we provide to existing National Guard mechanics as well as grow our new avionics program.”
The 45,500-square-foot Field Maintenance Shop will be located on an adjacent 12 acres and be used to maintain service for up to 896 wheeled vehicles and trailers, along with 30 tracked vehicles. It will include eight work bays and an administration area.
Hendrick Construction completed the 110,000-square-foot Army Aviation Support Facility at Donaldson Field in February 2014 for the S.C. National Guard. The administration and maintenance facility houses 10 helicopters and is operated by 75 full-time military technicians and serves as the base for 200 Guardsmen. The facility is located on 34 acres adjacent to Donaldson Field.
The Greenville Readiness Center and Field Maintenance Shop are the latest installments for an economic engine of growth that has risen from the closed Air Force base that Greenville city and county purchased in 1963.
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