Rhode Island Army National Guard Readiness/Reserve Center - East Greenwich, RI
The proposed Rhode Island Army National Guard Readiness/Reserve Center (formally Joint Force Headquarters) is located at Camp Fogarty, East Greenwich, RI. The new Readiness/Reserve Center will be an 80,766 sf, two-story facility to serve as administrative, training and logistics offices for the Rhode Island Army National Guard (RIARNG) and the Rhode Island Air National Guard (RIANG). The Readiness/Reserve Center will be built on a 22-acre site owned by the Federal Government, and will consolidate personnel currently located in the Command Readiness Center and the Schofield Armory.
The Camp Fogarty Training Site is currently the primary training area for the RIARNG, but with the relocation of the Readiness/Reserve headquarters facility to Camp Fogarty, the installation will be redesignated as the command structure headquarters and support installation. An existing small arms firing range has been closed, and will be relocated to another installation. There are 11 additional tactical training areas, such as firing ranges, NBC chamber, rappelling tower, confidence course, fitness center (Nautilus), and bivouac. These facilities will remain operational for the short term, but will slowly be phased out as these tactical training areas are relocated to other installations. The mission of Camp Fogarty is to provide command and support facilities, and training facilities possible to support RIARNG’s mission requirements as well as civilian organizations.
The existing Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) building in Cranston, RI is experiencing significant challenges, including: lack of administrative space and parking space for both military and privately owned vehicles; no assembly hall for unit formations and other joint or civic functions; inadequate force protection; inadequate parking for assigned personnel and visitors and no locker room space to secure equipment. Additionally, the JFHQ shares a building with the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) on State land, and has no room for expansion, thus providing a very overcrowded facility. Currently, classes are held in areas of the building that do not have egress, HVAC or meet fire code.
The purpose of this project is to validate the facility’s program and user group requirements, and based upon this approved information, develop a comprehensive set of bids to enable the State of Rhode Island to solicit competitive bids from a group of prequalified general contractors, and to construct successfully the facility on time and within budget.
This project will provide the RIARNG with a “state-of-the-art” consolidated command headquarters facility with that includes a Secured Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF), Joint Operations Center (JOC), a NIPRNET and integrated Army Guard and Air Guard command. The facility will also include technology enhanced classrooms and training facilities, including a large open multiple purpose room, and enable the men and women of the RIARNG to achieve training objectives and satisfy mission capabilities. The facility will also include a large, 450-person auditorium that will be used for training, RIARNG ceremonies/briefing, and act as an Operations Information Center during weather or other catastrophic events. This auditorium will also be made available to local community and/or governmental agencies for their use and will include a Media Center.
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