Continued growth of Fort Campbell is evident in the flurry of construction projects underway at Gate 10.
Several projects are nearing completion, so that Soldiers and Families can take advantage of the new facilities this summer.
The newest AAFES shoppette, known as the Gardner Hills mini-mall, provides a one-stop shop for snacks and gas, as well as a new Burger King, Subway and barber shop. The mini-mall is set to open June 1, as soon as workers put the finishing touches on the interior and exterior structure, said Directorate of Public Works Master Planning Division Chief Sally Castleman.
The Child Development Center is scheduled for completion in July, and 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s 328-space barracks will be ready for occupancy by May’s end. Four tactical maintenance facilities should also be open in July.
Several other ongoing construction projects should be completed in 2011, including the Medical-Dental Clinic across the street from the mini-mall, Gardner Hills Elementary School and the school-age services facility for children ages 6 to 10. The contracts remain on schedule for a timely completion, Castleman said.
The overall revamping of the Gate 10 area began several years ago and has not had any major roadblocks thus far.
“Construction has gone very smoothly,” Castleman said. “Soldiers are already occupying barracks, [company operations facilities, tactical equipment maintenance facilities] and dining facility at Clarksville Base.”
The few difficulties encountered throughout the building process related mainly to environmental considerations and weather.
“The biggest challenge we had was compliance with environmental regulations regarding control of storm water runoff,” Castleman said. “This was due to the massive ground area involved that was cleared and leveled for construction of these many new facilities. This was significant early during construction, but was worked collaterally with DPW Environmental Division, Corps of Engineers and Tennessee state regulators to a successful completion and monitoring/testing has yielded excellent results.”
The Louisville District Corps of Engineers oversees all the construction at Clarksville Base, except for the Gardner Hills Mini-Mall and the Woodland Community Center.
The Woodlands Community Center began construction in February. It is the third of four community centers built by Fort Campbell Family Housing. Once completed, the center will provide a playground, splash park, workout room, kitchen and more for the 800 Families living in Gardner Hills and the Woodlands.
These new developments, right off 101st Airborne, should provide more services to the housing areas on that side of Fort Campbell.
“Soldiers will be living and working in the area,” Castleman said. “Also, both Soldiers and Families will benefit from the child development centers, mini-mall and school.”
• Medical-Dental clinic (2012)
• 328-space barracks (2013)
• Brigade headquarters (2013)
• Company operations facilities (2013)
• Two lane addition to Strike Blvd. (2013)
• Physical fitness center (2014)
• Community Center (TBD)