• FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 6, 2011) -- Maj. Gen. Todd T. Semonite (third from left), commander of the South Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, talks about the progress being made on FORSCOM's Army Ground Forces Band's new home. "We want to build a facility that will be a benchmark for other bands to measure up to," he said. Among those in the future main rehearsal hall listening to the general are (left to right) Anthony Byrd, quality assurance representative for the USACE Fort Bragg Area Office; Joe Wright, Lifecycle Construction Services' project superintendent; and Jeremy Smith, project engineer with the USACE Fort Bragg Area Office.

    Construction of FORSCOM's band building marches ahead

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 6, 2011) -- Maj. Gen. Todd T. Semonite (third from left), commander of the South Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, talks about the progress being made on FORSCOM's Army Ground Forces Band's new home. "We want to...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 5, 2011) -- Eduardo Reyes and Richard Story, framers with RCS Inc. (Rappahannock Construction Service) of Spotsylvania, Va., carry a 12-inch steel joist that will be installed in the ceiling of The Army Ground Forces Band's supply room. Security ceilings consisting of the steel beams, heavy-duty wire mesh and half-inch, 24-guage metal decking are being constructed for both the supply room and the case and equipment room.

    Construction of FORSCOM's band building marches ahead

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 5, 2011) -- Eduardo Reyes and Richard Story, framers with RCS Inc. (Rappahannock Construction Service) of Spotsylvania, Va., carry a 12-inch steel joist that will be installed in the ceiling of The Army Ground Forces Band's...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 5, 2011) -- Carolina Masonry Unlimited Inc. Operator Eric Burkett (left) and Superintendent Carlos Redd place a layer of insulation for the exterior insulation finish system (EIFS) being applied to The Army Ground Forces training facility. Similar in appearance to stucco, EIFS is an insulating, decorative and protective finish system for exterior walls. For this project, the process starts with a layer of insulation, seven inches of isolation board and a fiber mesh, which are then covered with an EIFS base and an EIFS finish coat.

    Construction of FORSCOM's band building marches ahead

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 5, 2011) -- Carolina Masonry Unlimited Inc. Operator Eric Burkett (left) and Superintendent Carlos Redd place a layer of insulation for the exterior insulation finish system (EIFS) being applied to The Army Ground Forces...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 5, 2011) -- Painters (left to right) Terence Davis, Dan Hall and Norman James work smoothly as an experienced team painting one of seven individual practice rooms in The Army Ground Forces Band's state-of-the-art training facility. They work for Dixie Coating of Goldsboro, N.C., one of one of many regional sub-contractors working on this BRAC-directed construction project that is generating significant economic benefit to the area. The prime contract design-builder for the construction project is Lifecycle Construction Services, along with its lead design firm, BRPH, Inc.

    Construction of FORSCOM's band building marches ahead

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 5, 2011) -- Painters (left to right) Terence Davis, Dan Hall and Norman James work smoothly as an experienced team painting one of seven individual practice rooms in The Army Ground Forces Band's state-of-the-art training...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2011) -- Col. Jeffrey M. Hall (second from right), commander and district engineer for the USACE's Savannah District, inspects the progress that's being made on the Army Forces Command's Army Ground Forces Band's new training facility. "They'll really enjoy this new facility," he said. "It has the right size and type of music rooms. The construction is top quality, and the contractors are doing a great job."

    Construction of FORSCOM's band building marches ahead

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2011) -- Col. Jeffrey M. Hall (second from right), commander and district engineer for the USACE's Savannah District, inspects the progress that's being made on the Army Forces Command's Army Ground Forces Band's new training...

  • FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 2, 2011) -- This Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter view gives an idea of how well The Army Ground Forces Band’s new training facility is shaping up on the exterior. Interior work is progressing equally as well, and the project is on schedule for the building to be turned over to the FORSCOM band at the end of June.

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    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 2, 2011) -- This Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter view gives an idea of how well The Army Ground Forces Band’s new training facility is shaping up on the exterior. Interior work is progressing equally as well, and the project...

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 6, 2011) -- "We want to ensure the band members are getting the right kind of facility because we love these guys," said Maj. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, commander of the South Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, during a recent inspection tour of the Army Forces Command's Army Ground Forces Band's new training facility under construction here.

"All of us have seen with bands over the years that not only do they carry the traditions and the esprit of the Army, but they fire up our troops and let our Soldiers know morale is a critical part of being a Soldier and war fighting," he noted. "That's why we're glad we can give them a building that meets the same high level as they do in the performance of their profession."

The AGFB's 18,748-square-foot, state-of-the-art building is 65 percent complete and on schedule to be turned over the Army at the end of June when the Soldier-musicians will have moved here from Fort McPherson, Ga.

As George V. Blackard of USACE's Fort Bragg Area Office reports: "The roof is complete. The exterior studs are at 100 percent and the interior studs 95 percent. Installation of the gypsum wall board is more than 65 percent done, with finishing started in some areas already. The plumbing rough is complete. The HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) and electrical are close to being completed. And we've begun the EIFS (exterior insulation finish system). The interior work is driving the critical path."

The new building will consolidate the band's operations, which are currently scattered around various locations at Fort McPherson.

"They'll really enjoy this new facility," observed Col. Jeffrey M. Hall, commander and district engineer for the USACE's Savannah District, when he was here in February to check on the project's progress. "It has the right size and type of music rooms. The construction is top quality, and the contractors are doing a great job."

The band will move with Headquarters, Army Forces Command, in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.

For more information on the Army Ground Forces Band, visit www.forscom.army.mil/band.

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