PT Facility Erected in Fort Leonard Wood

By Engineering Aide Constructionman Nichollette Stepp

Sailors assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Air Det., deployed to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. to provide construction support to Marine Corps Det. Fort Leonard Wood Military Police Instruction Company (MPIC).  The 78-day project will
provide MPIC with a new physical training (PT) shelter for ongoing physical
readiness necessary for top performance.

In any construction project, when the evolution is complete, the sense of pride and accomplishment can range from minute to overwhelming.   The pre-engineered
building (PEB) should be no exception.  In any general or specialized construction project a PEB can be used to fit a wide range of needs for military and civilian uses.  The PEB is designed by a manufacturer to be fabricated using a pre-determined inventory of raw materials and manufacturing methods that can efficiently satisfy a wide range of structural and aesthetic design requirements.  Traditionally, the PEB is a metal building that consists of a wide range of metal standing seam roof panels on steel purlins spanning between rigid frames with tin or other light gauge metal wall pieces.   It is a relatively flexible structure  and easier to assemble vs. conventional steel framed building. In other words, it has a much greater vertical and horizontal deflection.  PEB’s can be designed to include different outside surface panels, lighting, HVAC, electrical and room temperature control systems. PEB’s are ideal for most storage facilities, training and office spaces, meeting facilities, along with other military and civilian purposes.  In the case of this particular evolution, the PEB’s intention will be for a PT shelter for MPIC physical readiness.

When the crew of NMCB 11 Air Det. was tasked for this project in Fort Leonard Wood, these Seabees took to the task with the always “can do” attitude along with patience, strength, and perseverance.   After the Phase One crew re-deployed back to Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport to continue on with their ongoing readiness training the Phase Two crew stepped up to the task at hand and pushed on with drive and determination.   After the trenches were dug for the foundation of the building, the Phase Two crew built and installed the formwork for the footers and the grade beam that would encompass the perimeter of the building providing a sound structural base for the erection that was yet to come.  With the knowledge of builders like BU3 (SCW)Aquino,
BU3(SCW) Saldaña,  and BUCN(SCW) Gonzales the formwork was smoothly placed and ready for steelworkers SW3 Randall and SWCN Wilbanks to set the reinforced steel to ensure the integrity and strength of the concrete.   With the knowledge and determination of Seabees like these, crew leader BU2 (SCW) Hartman, had no problems setting the formwork and placing the concrete needed to finish the evolution.

With the arrival of the PEB, parts were inventoried and separated by the crew to facilitate assembly and the erection process.  Leaving no stone unturned and no metal or screws behind, the crew flawlessly put piece after piece together  starting with the columns, then the girts for the wall, finally ending the evolution with the purlins for the roof assembly.  Crane operators from the Army 94th Engineer Battalion detachment on Ft Leonard Wood provided invaluable assistance and teamwork by lifting the heavy metal A-frames needed to complete the integrity of the structure.  Finally, with the installation of the insulation and sheets for the outer wall of the PEB, with the roof on its way to completion, this detachment will be well on their way to providing a complete PT facility and a quality finished product that is the trademark of the long standing history of the Seabees.

From the move in, the site work, the formwork and placement, and to finally, the erection of the building, these Seabees have gone above and beyond to ensure quality construction and to help support the MPIC in their continuous training and education.

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