By Sharilyn Wells/ParaglideJanuary 27, 2012
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - There hasn't been a new chapel center built on Fort Bragg in decades, but things are changing on the installation. Construction on the first chapel center since the Vietnam era has begun.
The 82nd Airborne Division Chapel Center will span nine acres and will be housed next to the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum off of Ardennes Road.
The $10 million project will offer not only a worship center that can hold up to 400 people, but will also house an activity center, classrooms, administration offices, a nursery, a mother's room and a conference area. The 22,000 square foot center will be able to accommodate up to 629 people.
The multi-faith chapel will also feature six stained glass murals from the old 82nd Memorial Chapel. Each beautifully designed stained glass window depicts a war that the 82nd Abn. Div. has fought in. The Saint Michael statues will also be moved to the new center and two new stained glass windows will be unveiled.
"This center will give an opportunity for Soldiers and their Families to coordinate activities and get involved in a central location," explained Brenda Calvente, project engineer. "(It will be) a great place to gather, especially for the Families of deployed Soldiers."
The chapel center is scheduled to open to the Fort Bragg community in December.