SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Thanks to reality television, many people believe a 1,600-square-foot home can be built in a week. Actually, a home that size can take months to complete. In just one year, however, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is halfway finished with a much larger home for the recently U.S. Army Reserve's created 63rd Regional Support Command.

The Sacramento and San Francisco Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working side-by-side to build the 63rd RSC's new home at Moffett Field, Calif. The project is overseen by the Louisville District's Reserve Support Team, which serves as program manager for the Army Reserve design and construction program across the country.

The project includes a 180,000-square-foot headquarters building, 25,000-square-foot maintenance building, indoor and outdoor storage, and a parking lot. The building will serve as headquarters for the 63rd RSC, and also as a training center for 16 California National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve units in seven states.

"This is a Louisville District project," said Cynthia Baksys, a project engineer for the Sacramento District overseeing the construction. Baksys is from the Sacramento resident office. "The San Francisco District and Sacramento District are covering the construction together."

Louisville's contracting division awarded the contract, Baksys added. Since this is a design-build contract, Louisville led the efforts with the contractor to get the design reviewed, with Sacramento and San Francisco Districts in charge of construction oversight.

Construction began in October 2008 and is currently at the halfway point, according to Baksys. Before construction began, old Navy barracks were demolished to clear the area where the headquarters would be built. Work on all the buildings is on track to be completed on schedule.

The main building is at the "rough-in" stage this month, said Baksys. Rough-in includes the installation of insulation, electrical wiring, plumbing and cooling systems in the building.

Along with overseeing construction, the Sacramento and San Francisco Districts perform quality control on the project. Expected completion date is October 2010.

As of the end of September 2009, 100,000 work hours had been completed over 347 days without injury. Between 125 and 140 workers are on site everyday, said Baksys.

Baksys and other representatives from the Sacramento and the San Francisco Districts meet daily with the construction companies to discuss the progress and to ensure safety measures continue to be implemented.

Once fully operational, the 63rd RSC at Moffett Field will support over 40,000 Army Reserve Soldiers in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, according to the 63rd RSC's website.

Page last updated Wed October 21st, 2009 at 18:01