New readiness center groundbreaking in Laramie Tuesday
May 17, 2017
Construction of a 101,000 square foot Wyoming Army National Guard readiness center in Laramie, will begin this month, near the Laramie Airport.
The $26 million readiness center replaces the 1959-constructed building currently housing Laramie-based units, located on the corner of 30th Street and Armory Road.
Groundbreaking at the new readiness center site, located on Highway 130, adjacent to the Field Maintenance Shop #2, will be held at 1 p.m. May 23.
The federal government is paying the majority of the $26 million construction bill; Wyoming’s tab is $6 million. The new readiness center will consist of an assembly hall, commercial kitchen, classrooms, family welfare areas, recruiting and retention offices, a vehicle storage building and administrative offices for the Wyoming Army National Guard’s 94th Troop Command and other units.
The current armory and the land where it resides will be transferred to the University of Wyoming upon completion of the new readiness center. Construction is anticipated to take up to 24 months.
The Wyoming National Guard has had a presence in Laramie since 1888; the organization’s first unit, Company A, 1st Wyoming Regiment, was established in Laramie.