The Colorado Army National Guard is breaking ground Friday on a new readiness center in Alamosa.
The 27,150-square-foot facility will be the new home of about 80 part-time and four full-time Colorado Army National Guard soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry. It will have two classrooms plus an assembly hall.
The Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards says a permanent readiness center will enable guardsmen to respond quickly to emergencies in southern Colorado. Currently, the closest permanent readiness center to Alamosa is about 120 miles away in Pueblo.
The building is scheduled to be completed in September 2013, with construction costs of around $8 million.