National Guard getting helicopter facility

Jan. 19, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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GREENVILLE, S.C., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- An aviation support center for U.S. Army National Guard helicopters in being built in South Carolina under a $26 million contract to Hendrick Construction.

The 111,000-square-foot facility is being built at the existing South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center in Greenville, S.C. It features two helicopter hangars and a central support area to facilitate flight operations.

The 30-acre site will house three South Carolina Army National Guard units with 70 full-time personnel and 145 part-time soldiers.

"We are very pleased to work with Hendrick Construction in building a first-class flight facility," said Col. Paul Horry, South Carolina National Guard State Aviation Officer. "Our aviation soldiers and their families are excited about the move and the opportunities it presents. We all look forward to establishing close ties with the community, to include forging partnerships with business and education."

The South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center, which includes a public airport, provides a strategic central location in the southeastern United States as well as inland protection for aircraft from hurricanes and extreme weather.

Hendrick said the aviation support facility will feature two maintenance hangars that will house six CH-47 Chinook and four UH-72 Lakota helicopters. The central portion will include an engine shop equipped for aircraft maintenance and repair, flight instruction and operations rooms, an emergency aviation operations center and administrative offices.

"This project is particularly challenging because of its large size and location next to a busy airport," said Hendrick Construction President Roger Hendrick. "We're excited to work with the South Carolina National Guard and deliver this state-of-the-art aviation facility."

Construction will begin this month and is scheduled to be complete in approximately two years.

Hendrick Construction, Inc. is general contractor with headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.

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