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Posted 10/19/2017

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By Carol Labashosky, public affairs


An Army Reserve Center project was planned and executed to fully restore an Organizational Maintenance Shop (OMS) and Area Maintenance Support Activity (AMSA). The facility was constructed at the 2,100-personnel, Fort Totten Army Reserve Center, Fort Totten, New York, near New York City on Long Island. 

The 41,000-square-foot facility required typical upgrades for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, floor plan alterations, and building improvements for energy conservation. This project also included the raising of the main shop area for clear elevation for installation of a new bridge crane to span the entire work area. 

The project was done in two phases. Phase I completed the OMS building which was placed in service to serve as swing space for operations during Phase II which served to renovate the AMSA Building. The project posed structure and foundation design challenges due to raising the structure height. 

Excavations and dewatering for features on the installation gave rise to unforeseen conditions involving hazardous materials that required environmental considerations. The project team engaged the installation and New York City and state environmental partners to facilitate effective solutions to those challenges. 

“The project was successfully completed in the spring of 2017 providing an updated, comfortable work and training environment for the Army Reserve,” said Jeff Bayers, Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District Army Reserve project manager.