Some old buildings on Redstone Arsenal left empty when the Army’s 59th Ordnance Brigade and Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School moved out are being renovated for use by other agencies and commands.
It’s easy for anyone entering the arsenal at Gate 10 on Patton Road to look west and see the work on these 1958 vintage structures is no mere facelift. This is more like a total hip replacement combined with organ transplants.
The interiors are being nearly gutted to allow for a modern, open floor plan and more efficient use of space, said Dan O’Boyle, an arsenal spokesman. Outdated heating and air conditioning will be replaced with new energy-efficient systems, along with energy-saving windows, LED lighting and more.
The effort is part of an overall plan to reuse older buildings and realign commands for more effective use of the facilities on the post, he said. Buildings 3303, 3305 and 3307, will become a new Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) Lead AMC Integration Support Office (LAISO) walking-distance campus. LOGSA and LAISO are currently in five buildings spread out at locations on the arsenal.
OMEMS, commanded by the 59th Ordnance Brigade, graduated its first class of six students in 1952, and hundreds of thousands of soldiers and Marines attended the school on Redstone Arsenal over the years.
The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decision relocated OMEMS and the brigade into new, mission-specific facilities at Fort Lee, Va., a move completed last year.
Source: Huntsville Times