Camp Humphreys’ new, modern barracks to open Oct. 19
October 9, 2007
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Troops at Camp Humphreys soon will move into a new eight-story barracks featuring Internet and cable TV hook-up, refrigerators and microwave ovens, laundry rooms and a lot of storage space.
The $13.5 million building at the post’s MP Hill section will open Oct. 19 with a ribbon-cutting, and troops will begin checking in the next day, said Greg H. Reiff, Humphreys area engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Far East District.
The building can house up to 464 occupants and has six elevators.
On its first floor are a kitchen, multipurpose room and two large laundry rooms, as well as a mud room entrance where troops can clean boots and gear. Each upper floor has a lounge and smaller laundry room.
In addition, the building has a small parking area and covered, ground-floor bicycle racks.
It’s the last part of an overall $16.7 million project that also saw construction of a three-story building that houses a brigade headquarters and separate operations facilities for two company-sized units. That building opened in June 2006, Reiff said.
The soon-to-open barracks is only one of many major projects still under way at Humphreys, which is slated to triple in size in coming years to become the U.S. military’s flagship installation in South Korea.
Also set to open later this month are a new gym at MP Hill and a $7.9 million child-care center for infants to preschoolers with space for up to 278 children.
And, MP Hill also will see two other eight-story barracks and a new dining hall, which are to be completed in November 2008.
Beyond that, Reiff said, are numerous barracks and other projects.
At the post’s Zoeckler Station area, two six-story barracks are under way and set for completion in November 2008. A gym is under construction and due for completion next January.
Elsewhere on post, what some are calling the “super gym” is set for completion next May.
The Humphreys Army Lodge also is being enlarged, a project due to wrap up possibly in May, Reiff said.
Meanwhile, officials are anticipating the construction of buildings just outside the existing installation on lands that include the expanded portion of Camp Humphreys.
Construction of four barracks on Parcel 1 will begin “sometime in the spring,” Reiff said. The parcel is part of an overall 2,238 acres set aside for the Humphreys expansion.
Those barracks projects will be followed by others — vehicle maintenance facilities, apartments, schools and quarters for senior military leaders.
Reiff said that entails only the first wave of what will be built on the new lands and the existing installation before the Humphreys transformation’s scheduled completion in 2012.
“The build-out on Camp Humphreys is nowhere near completing,” he said.