SMMA Celebrates Rutland Armed Forces Reserve Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
December 5, 2011
Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (SMMA) celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Armed Forces Reserve Center in Rutland, Vermont. In attendance were members of the 99thRegional Support Command, including Maj. Gen. William D. R. Waff, Col. Audrey Lewis, who served as Master of Ceremonies, and Command Chief Warrant Officer Vinny Giordano.
SMMA and our Design-Build partner J&J Contractors, Inc. were awarded a contract in March 2010 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for this $17.4 million project. Funded through the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) directive, this new Armed Forces Reserve Center will replace U.S. Army Reserve Centers in Chester and Berlin, Vermont, and Vermont Army National Guard Armories, and will serve approximately 240 personnel.
The Center, which encompasses 66,335 square feet, includes an Organizational Maintenance Shop, Unheated Storage Building, as well as classroom training, and vehicle maintenance and storage spaces. The facility was designed to meet the criteria established by the US Green Building Council’s Green Building Rating System for New Construction Version 2.2 LEED Silver level of certification.
Additionally, the Rutland Armed Forces Reserve Center served as a support center in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, housing National Guard troops from Maine who provided disaster relief to the surrounding area.