Army Moving Into $2.5 Million Building In Summerville


July 21, 2008

By Andy Owens – Charleston Regional Business Journal

The Army has leased warehouse and office space in a 61,000-square-foot building on U.S. Highway 78 near Jedburg Road.

The move will triple the number of soldiers coming through the Summerville area.

The building, which Carithers Real Estate of Anderson purchased for $2.5 million from International Center LLC, was leased using federal money administered through the S.C. Budget and Control Board.

The facility will house a Vertical Engineer Company and a forward support company of the 1st Battalion of the 118th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, according to Col. Brad Owens, construction and facilities management officer for the S.C. Army National Guard.

“This is all part of the Army transformation, which has to do with not only transforming from a divisional base to a brigade base outfit, but also the growth of the Army, which also impacts the South Carolina Army National Guard,” said Owens, who called the economic impact of the new facility “tremendous.”

“You’re basically tripling the in-day soldiers in Summerville,” he said. “We needed a new facility in Summerville that would house up to 300 people.”

Army transformation is a term for a shift in organizational strategy that came about after the 9/11 terror attacks and the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The goal of transformation is to provide an efficient, maneuverable and modern military force that can be deployed more effectively in a wider variety of circumstances. The effort has been touted by military leaders and politicians for several years and includes transitioning from divisions to modular brigade units.



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