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Work begins on veterans training center in Warner Robins

WARNER ROBINS -- Construction of Georgia’s education center for veterans is underway.

Excavation work on the site began about a month ago and work on the building itself should start soon, said Nancy Stroud, Middle Georgia State University’s vice president of finance and administration.

The projected completion date is May 1, 2016. Stroud said she is excited to see the work get started.

“We’ve been talking about this for over two years now,” she said. “We think it is going to be a really good thing for veterans.”

Parrish Construction Group was awarded an $8.4 million contract for the project, which is located on Wall Street near Huntington Middle School.

Last August, Gov. Nathan Deal led a ground-breaking ceremony at the site, and at that time officials projected construction would begin within a couple of months.

Stroud said there have been no particular issues that have delayed the project, and she said it has just been a matter of going through the design and bidding process.

The current working name of the facility is the Military Academic Training Center. However, Stroud said in a meeting earlier this week a new name was selected that makes for a better acronym. She said that isn’t being revealed yet while research is done to make sure the name isn’t already in use elsewhere.

Stroud said the facility is meant to be a “one stop shop” for veterans trying to transition from a military career into civilian life.

Middle Georgia State will own the building, offering programs in conjunction with Central Georgia Technical College.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.