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Published January 20, 2010, 04:26 PM

Construction On Camp Grafton's Regional Training Institute Ahead Of Schedule

Last winter work on Camp Grafton's Regional Training Institute was behind schedule. Workers have now not only caught up...they are ahead of schedule.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Last winter work on Camp Grafton's Regional Training Institute was behind schedule. Workers have now not only caught up...they are ahead of schedule.

Work on the massive building started in May of 2008. Although it was expected to be finished in August of this year, it may be done earlier in the summer.

A year has made quite a difference for those working on the new Regional Training Institute building at Camp Grafton. Some areas weren't even enclosed then, but now crews can work indoors.

Shawn O'Leary/Job Superintendent: "Some of the areas are actually finished already. The billeting area is pretty much wrapped up. We're waiting for the furniture."

The institute will consolidate all the offices, classrooms, laboratories, and living space for training that are spread out in about 20 different buildings right now, making life easier for both students and faculty.

Lt. Col. Clark Johnson/Civil Engineer: "For the students that come up here from around the country for their classes, they have to go between buildings in the middle of winter."

Now they'll have a shorter and warmer walk to class. And thanks to the mild summer and fall, construction has been going smoothly and is ahead of schedule.

Shawn O'Leary: "We're about 7 to 8 weeks ahead and I don't think there's any real obstacles at this point."

Federal Money is paying the project's $31 million cost. Between 2,000 and 3,000 students go through military training at the institute each year.

Lt. Col. Clark Johnson: "Having such a nice facility, we hope it will bring more students here to Camp Grafton for training and be able to expand the regional training institute."

When it's done, Camp Grafton will have a Grand Opening, and the public will be able to come see the new facility.

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