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No construction slump in Fort Riley

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Despite tough times for the construction industry Fort Riley, Kansas has overseen $1 billion in construction in the last year.
Despite tough times for the construction industry Fort Riley, Kansas has overseen $1 billion in construction in the last year.

Construction projects are down in many parts of the country due to the state of the economy, but at least one area isn't showing any ill effects - Fort Riley, Kansas is experiencing a construction boom that is expected to spread into 2009.

According to the Associated Press, Fort Riley expects the number of soldiers, their families and civilian workers calling the base home to reach 50,000 by 2013.

The facility has $1 billion in construction projects in 2008 and Brigadier General Perry Wiggins, commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, told the AP the 100,000 acre base is expected to start a number of projects in 2009 including health care, child care and training facilities.
"It would be an under-exaggeration to say it was a whirlwind that took place here and really, things were moving pretty fast," Wiggins told the AP of the construction happening during 2008.

The increase in construction is causing the base some unforeseen problems as Wiggins says finding enough health care providers for the surrounding area has been difficult.

Still, the base intends on beginning a $1.2 million renovation for a traumatic brain injury clinic in one of its facilities.

Soldiers and horses from Fort Riley will be part of the inauguration parade of President-elect Barack Obama later this month.ADNFCR-2034-ID-18961588-ADNFCR

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