August 4, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY-The Oklahoma Army National Guard will be holding a ribbon cutting and re-dedication ceremony for the Oklahoma Army National Guard Armory in Altus.
The ceremony will take place on Monday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. The armory is located at 612 South Veterans Drive in Altus.
The project was completed at a cost of $3.5 million with funding being split equally between state and federal dollars. The armory was in need of extensive upgrades in several life-safety areas as well as other areas such as energy conservation and general maintenance to extend the life of the facility for an additional 20 years. The construction of a new readiness center (armory) would have cost the State of Oklahoma approximately $14 million.
The Oklahoma National Guard Armory in Altus was built in 1963 as a replacement for the 1930s WPA era armory that was located in downtown Altus and limited in expansion due to surrounding buildings. The 1963 armory building was constructed at a cost of $175,673.00.
The renovation project included the repair, replacement or modernization of such items as doors, windows, exterior improvements to increase energy efficiency. Along these lines, the facility received new heating and air conditioning systems, fire suppression systems, fire alarms, mass notification systems, floor coverings, interior paint, roofs, lighting and now meets the standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver on revitalization projects.