Burns & McDonnell, along with subcontractors, has started construction on a new $15.2m military readiness centre at Fort Carson in Colorado, US.

IICON Construction and representatives of the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs also participated in the ground-breaking ceremony of the Space Battalion Readiness Center.

Spread across 45,170ft² on a 15-acre site, the facility will host the 117th Space Battalion of the Colorado Army National Guard (CO ARNG).

It will also be home to two companies involved in providing satellite transmitted digital imagery for warfighting operations.

Army National Guard 117th Space Battalion commander lieutenant colonel Michael Lane said: “This facility will serve as a state-of-the-art epicentre of Army National Guard Space Operations.

“We will train, learn, improve and, if necessary, operate from this location to support warfighters across the world. We are especially happy to join the Fort Carson community and our active-duty colleagues in the 1st Space Brigade, where our proximity will enable many multi-component training opportunities.

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“Breaking ground on this new facility is a long-sought milestone that will help drive a new level of readiness for Colorado Army National Guard Space Soldiers.”

The Space Battalion Readiness Center will operate as a centralised location for federal, state, and local personnel.

A training ground will allow space forces to conduct continuous global space force enhancements, space support, space control, and contingency activity.

The facility will also have mission-oriented team collaboration centres, workstations, and equipment storage space.

Burns & McDonnell is the prime architecture and engineering firm for the project.

The company is responsible for providing project management, quality control, and design services, as well as civil, structural, mechanical, fire protection and telecommunications engineering.

Construction is expected to be completed in October 2020.