A beam-signing ceremony was held Aug. 3 to mark the installation of the last structural beam for the new 59,005 square-foot Joint Forces Headquarters building on Forbes Field. The new JFHQ building is an $18.7-million investment in the Kansas National Guard and will house both Army and Air commands, including numerous Kansas National Guard directorates.
To commemorate the occasion, the beam was signed by Brig. Gen. Michael T. Venerdi, the adjutant general; Col. Paul Schneider, JFHQ chief of the Joint Staff; Col. Mike McCoy; Kansas Army National Guard chief of staff; Kenneth Weishaar, director of Public Works; members of HTK Architects and their consultants; The Law Company and their subcontractors. During the ceremony, Thomas Sprague, project manager, detailed the many contributions each entity provided to make the project successful.
“The ‘topping off’ of our new Joint Force Headquarters was an exciting event,” said Venerdi. “In times of crisis, we must always be prepared to respond swiftly and effectively. Consolidation of staff under this new headquarters poises us to become more agile, proficient, and collaborative in our approach before, during, and after any event.
“By streamlining our operations, we are better positioned to fight and win our nation’s wars, as well as serve the citizens of Kansas.”
Sprague said construction workers are currently pouring the concrete floor on the second story, framing exterior walls, and running electrical and plumbing pathways. The new headquarters will be heated and cooled by geothermal energy and in addition to office space, the building will include an assembly hall, media center, classrooms, conference areas, and locker rooms and showers.
The project, 35 percent completed, is expected to be enclosed by the end of October this year. The current schedule has completion of the building by October 2024.