WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock armory learned it will get a nearly $600,000 face-lift.
The state has announced a $586,000 renovation of the Illinois Army National Guard Readiness Center, 1301 Sunset Road, Woodstock. The facility will get a new roof, drains, flashing and gutters, among other repairs.
The center is home to training and storage for the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry of the Illinois National Guard, which includes about 100 soldiers.
“It has been in the works for several years,” said Capt. Dutch Grove, spokesman for the Illinois National Guard.
The upgrades in Woodstock are part of a larger effort to update National Guard facilities across the state.
Gov. Pat Quinn’s office has announced several such projects this fall. In Chicago, three facilities will receive upgrades at a total cost of $3.3 million.
Woodstock’s project will include tuckpointing, sealing masonry, painting the drill hall ceiling, and upgrading drives and sidewalks outside the facility, according to a news release from Quinn’s office, which touted the upgrades as an economic stimulant because of their ability to create construction jobs.
The Woodstock work has been awarded to Elens and Mauchin Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. of Joliet.
Grove said the upgrades are important not only for efficiency reasons – windows and doors will be replaced – but also to keep up soldier morale.
“It’s important,” he said. “Soldiers feel good when they have a fresh environment to assemble and train in.”
In an effort to keep armories up to date, Grove said, facility managers are constantly evaluating needs and placing requests for projects.
The money for the Woodstock upgrades comes from the federal level but is administered by the state.
“The funds funnel through the capital development board,” Grove said. “It’s a matter of when the funds are released to initiate each of the projects.”
Note to Readers: This story has been changed. The armory building on Sunset Road is not 100 years old. The Northwest Herald regrets the error.