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Minnesota National Guard
Spring start planned for $11M armory in Arden Hills

The Minnesota Army National Guard this spring will begin constructing an $112 million armory-type building in Arden Hills

The 90,000-square-foot structure, called Arden Hills Army Training Readiness Center, will include an assembly hall, classrooms, distance learning center, simulation center, kitchen and physical-fitness area

The site is located on the Army-owned Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and County Road 96

The building is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2011

This project is not being funded by the federal economic stimulus program of 2009 Instead, the center is being as part of a Grow the Army program announced about three years ago, according to Col Bruce Jensen, facilities officer of the Minnesota Army National Guard

The new building will house the Guard's relatively new Human Resources Company that now operates out of Roseville A Forward Support Company also will be in the building, Jensen said

The space will be used mostly for weekend drills
Jacobs, based in Pasadena, Calif with an office in Edina, is the project architect

It is being constructed by a joint venture partnership between Graham Construction Services Inc's Eagan office and Ramsey-based Holte Contracting Inc

The two firms make up a mentor/protégé team that was approved by the US Small Business Administration 8(a) business-development program The program enhances participants' abilities to compete successfully for federal government contracts and gain access to economic opportunity

Calgary, Alberta, Ca-based Graham is serving as the mentor and Holte is the protégé, according Dianne Holte, CEO and owner of Holte This project will be the biggest project in Holte's 14-year-history, she said

In addition to the Arden Hills Army Training Readiness Center, the Holte/Graham joint venture is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers for flood-control improvements in Breckenridge, Minn, valued at $31 million

Minneapolis / St Paul Business Journal
by Staff Writer
Friday, February 5, 2010  |  Modified: Saturday, February 6, 2010
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Article source: http://twincities.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2010/02/01/daily45.html

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