Community members joined the Letterkenny workforce and Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leadership inside the recently constructed Metal Treatment Annex at the depot.
(Photo by: Pam Goodhart, LEAD photographer)

Letterkenny celebrates MILCON completion with Corps of Engineers

By: Nora Zubia, Letterkenny Public Affairs Officer


Leaders and team members from Letterkenny Army Depot, the Baltimore District Corps of Engineers and the local community gathered inside the recently completed military construction project, the Metal Treatment Annex at the depot on March 20 to recognize the dedication of the new facility.


“This facility offers tremendous added capability to the depot and its mission,” Letterkenny Commander Col. Stephen Ledbetter said. “The plan is to get all of our facilities to look this way.”


The Metal Treatment Annex consists of a 45,040-square-foot addition to house metal treatment and surface preparation operations previously performed inside the depot’s largest manufacturing and maintenance facility. The addition houses a wash bay, metal treatment tanks, sanding area, blast booths and surface repair areas, all of which support Letterkenny’s core missions.


“It took a lot of people and a lot of effort to make this building we’re in today,” Baltimore District Corps of Engineers Commander Col. John Litz said. “This is the facility that the men and women of Letterkenny Army Depot deserve for what they contribute to national defense.”


“As we plan projects I know there will be future investments at Letterkenny and I look forward to being a part of that.”


The concept for this project originated in July 2007, with a goal of improving the work environment by segregating sand blasting, chemical solvent degreasing, steam cleaning, power washing, and sanding into a separate facility. At the same time, providing sufficient floor space for an additional blast booth and efficiencies achieved through consolidation of similar processes would assist in eliminating backlogs in cleaning and surface preparation. As an added benefit, relocation of the existing metal treatment tanks and associated cleaning equipment allows reallocation of existing floor space to recapitalization and repair missions to further increase building throughput.


The design was completed by the in-house design staff of the Engineering Division of the Baltimore District Corps of Engineers in July 2015, and the contract was awarded to Odyssey International that September 2015 for $14.451 million.