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October 15, 2010
Oregon National Guard to break ground for Polk County Readiness Center
 
The Oregon National Guard will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the Polk County Readiness Center in Dallas, Ore., at 10:00 a.m., Oct. 18.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is scheduled to be among the official party and guest speakers at the event.

The facility is located at 12835 Westview Drive, in Dallas, Ore. The public and the media are invited to attend the event.

The Readiness Center is home to the Oregon Army National Guard's 162 Engineers, who are currently deployed to Afghanistan. The unit is scheduled to return to Oregon in November 2010.

Construction is scheduled to start on the almost 40,000 square foot building in May 2011, with completion scheduled for October 2012. Total cost of the project is estimated to be about $18 million, with the bulk of the funding coming from federal sources.

The building replaces an 18,000 square foot facility built in 1911, which was condemned in 2007 due to severe structural failure of masonry walls and wooden trusses.

The new facility will serve the surrounding community with flexible rental space, and meets all building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and seismic requirements. The building will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver and State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.

The architect on the new facility is Thomas Hacker Architecture of Portland, Ore. The contactor is Lease Crutcher Lewis, LLC, also of Portland, Ore.
 
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Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs: 503-584-3885.