Even through the winter with snow and below-zero temperatures outside, construction of a new multimillion-dollar barracks continues at Fort McCoy.Through Feb. 5, the construction of the new barracks by contractor L.S. Black Constructors was more than 65 percent completed, said Ken Green with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Resident Office at Fort McCoy.The planned completion date for the barracks is currently later in 2021. The barracks, which is being built in the 1600 block on the cantonment area, is different than the traditional barracks located throughout the installation. This new building is four stories and will be able to house 400 people in approximately 60,000 square feet, Green said. The building will be built with the latest in construction materials and include state-of-the-art physical security and energy-saving measures.Some current work being completed is masonry installation, interior sheet rocking and finishing, painting, and elevator construction, Green said.The project is part of the Fort McCoy master plan that looks at continuously upgrading the installation’s infrastructure to be prepared for the future, said Master Planner Brian Harrie with the Directorate of Public Works (DPW). The project is the first of eight new buildings planned for the entire 1600 block. The plan is to build three more barracks with the same specifications, three 20,000-square-foot brigade headquarters buildings, and one 160-room officer quarters.“The 1600 block will be completely transformed when all of this construction is completed years from now,” Harrie said. “The 1600 block is a great location for this transformation, too, because it places these facilities for transient training troops near the post’s service-related facilities, such as the commissary, Exchange, and McCoy’s Community Center.”Harrie said this project and future projects for the 1600 block are a great example of how DPW and the Army Corps of Engineers work together to improve quality of life at Fort McCoy.Fort McCoy’s motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.”Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin.The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services nearly every year since 1984.Learn more about Fort McCoy online at https://home.army.mil/mccoy, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy,” and on Twitter by searching “usagmccoy.” Also try downloading the Digital Garrison app to your smartphone and set "Fort McCoy" or another installation as your preferred base.