Guard resumes construction at SCTAC

The South Carolina National Guard is pushing forward on a three-facility complex that is the first sizeable military presence in Greenville County since Donaldson Air Force Base closed in the early 1960s.

The Guard completed the first part last year — a 110,000-square-foot helicopter station at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center.

It's home for ten military helicopters — six Chinooks and four Lakotas — and 91 full-time Guardsmen, according to Col. Andrew Batten, the Army officer responsible for state Guard construction.

The helicopters were formerly based at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover.

Now Hendrick Construction, a Charlotte builder hired by the Guard, has begun preparing 26 acres across the street for a 95,000-square-foot armory and a 45,500-square-foot vehicle maintenance shop.

Both facilities should be complete by the end of 2016, according to the builder.

Another 100 full-time Guardsmen will work at the armory and vehicle maintenance shop, according to Batten. In addition, he said, 124 part-time soldiers will use the armory.

"The combination of these three state-of-the-art facilities will create a 'campus' at SCTAC that will serve as a major economic development catalyst for SCTAC, the City of Greenville and Greenville County," said Jody Bryson, SCTAC president.

The vehicle maintenance shop will be used to maintain up to 896 wheeled vehicles and trailers, along with 30 tracked vehicles, according to Hendrick Construction.

The armory building will include an aircraft hangar with space for 12 aircraft and house a school for training aircraft maintenance mechanics that the Guard will operate in conjunction with Greenville Tech.

Tech will move its existing aircraft maintenance program into the armory building from an older building next to the new helicopter station.

Three military facilities were already at SCTAC before the latest construction began: a U.S. Army Reserve center, a U.S. Naval Reserve center and a state National Guard armory.

Article curtesy of Rudolph Bell at Greenville News

 

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