State approves firms for construction of veterans training center in Warner Robins

wcrenshaw@macon.comJanuary 10, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved companies to build a veterans training center.

The board approved a design firm, a project manager and a construction company for the $10 million Military and Academic Training Center, also called the Gateway Center.

“That’s exciting, that it’s going forward,” said Larry Walker, a former state representative and Perry attorney who serves on the Board of Regents.

Groundbreaking is expected in September or October, said John Millsaps, the board’s spokesman.

Parrish Construction of Perry was selected to build the 50,000-square-foot facility on 40 acres on Wall Street, donated by the city of Warner Robins.

Parramore & Quinn Inc. of Snellville was selected as the program manager of the project for $139,600, and JMA Architecture of Perry was selected for the design at $490,000.

The selection of Parrish was based on qualifications, and the state will negotiate with the firm to come up with the price. If an agreement can’t be reached, the state will then go to the next ranked firm. The construction itself is expected to cost about $7 million.

Millsaps said it’s done that way so the construction firm can work with the architect to determine what features are to be included in the project and what it would cost to build.

The Legislature approved the funding for the center to help reduce unemployment among veterans entering the civilian workforce. A smaller veterans training center is also being planned in Hinesville.

The center will help veterans and current military members find jobs, transfer academic credits, and enroll in colleges and technical schools.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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