Rhode Island Army National Guard Readiness/Reserve Center - East Greenwich, RI
The new Rhode Island Army National Guard Readiness/Reserve Center (formally Joint Force Headquarters), located at Camp Fogarty, East Greenwich, RI is nearing completion. The 80,766 sf, two-story facility will serve as administrative, training and logistics offices for the Rhode Island Army National Guard (RIARNG) and the Rhode Island Air National Guard (RIANG). The facility consolidates personnel currently located in the Command Readiness Center and the Schofield Armory, and sits on a 22-acre site owned by the Federal Government.
This project provides the RIARNG with a “state-of-the-art” consolidated command headquarters facility that includes a Collaboration Area, Joint Operations Center (JOC), a NIPRNET, and integrated Army Guard and Air Guard command. The facility will include technology enhanced classrooms and training facilities, including a large open multiple purpose room, enabling the men and women of the RIARNG to achieve training objectives and satisfy mission capabilities. Included is 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.
This project required Pond to validate the facility’s program and user group requirements. Based on this information, Pond will develop construction documents for the State of Rhode Island to solicit competitive bids from prequalified contractors to construct the new Joint Force Headquarters on time and within budget.
The existing Joint Force Headquarters building in Cranston, RI has experienced significant challenges; specifically, the facility has no room for expansion to serve the training and other functional needs necessary to move the National Guard’s mission forward. 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. 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.
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