Guard armory to expand for lab, classrooms
Indiana National Guard officials say the Fort Wayne armory will be expanded this year.
Capt. Eric Bolin of the locally based 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry Regiment said the armory along Cook Road west of Coldwater Road will add office space, a computer lab and classrooms.
The front of the building will be remodeled and the parking lot will grow in size, Bolin said in a telephone interview.
The nearly $2 million construction project will enlarge the 48,000-square-foot armory by 3,000 square feet, according to Indiana National Guard headquarters in Indianapolis.
Sgt. 1st Class David Bruce, public affairs specialist for the state Guard, said the project will cost $1.99 million. The construction contract was awarded to Hamilton Hunter Builders Inc. of Fort Wayne. The expansion is expected to be finished by Nov. 15.
“This expenditure to modernize our facilities enhances the readiness and capabilities of our soldiers and provides infrastructure for activities at the armory,” Bruce said in an email.
About 20 Guard personnel work out of the armory, which was built in 1994. About 350 of the 293rd Regiment’s 600 soldiers are assigned to the armory for training, the state Guard said.