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Museum Expansion Project

Thirty years ago the hard work and dedication of the Fort McClellan women NCO’s and Officers culminated in the Women’s Army Corps Museum ground breaking ceremony. There have been many changes in those 30 years, but one thing has stayed the same: the desire to document, preserve, and tell the story of Army women’s service to their country.

museum plans

The growth of our history now requires growth in our Army Women’s Museum. The Army Women’s Foundation has contracted with SMBW Architects and Trent Construction Company to build a state of the art meeting, classroom and auditorium space for Fort Lee soldiers — and for programs about Army women. We will post pictures and notes to show the progress of the construction phases, so check back regularly to see this project become a reality!

rear entry of the museum

The before picture of the rear entrance to the U.S. Army Women’s Museum.

working together

12/12/2008 — Gail Howell (AWF, Board of Directors), Peggy Trossen (AWF, Executive Director), John Pignatore (Property Inspection Specialists, Project Manager) and Judith Matteson (U.S. Army Women’s Museum, Director) discuss project design submissions.

electrical contractors

6/25/2009 — The electrical contractor kicks off the numerous construction phases for the expansion.

water pipes for utility move

8/3/2009 — The utilities crew is on site to move & upgrade the existing pipes.

down in the trenches

8/3/2009 — The utilities crew is on site to move & upgrade the existing pipes.

groundbreaking ceremony

9/2/2009 — Peggy Trossen, Executive Director, and Dee McWilliams, President of the Army Women’s Foundation along with Judy Matteson, Director of the U.S. Army Women’s Museum at the Museum Expansion Groundbreaking ceremony.

groundbreaking ceremony

9/2/2009 — Museum Expansion Groundbreaking ceremony.

foundation is in!

10/7/09 — The foundation is in and the project is underway!

concrete slab has been poured

10/20/09 — The concrete slab has been poured and the next phase is to begin steel construction.

concrete slab has been poured

10/26/2009 — The structural framing is in progress.

concrete slab has been poured

11/04/2009 — Framing continues.

framing continues

11/04/2009 — Framing continues.

exterior sheathing in progress

11/04/2009 — Exterior sheathing in progress.

structural steel in progress

11/06/2009 — Structural steel in progress.

roof trusses in progress

11/06/2009 — Roof trusses in progress.

roof structure in progress

11/06/2009 — Roof trusses in progress.

roof structure in progress

11/10/2009 — Roof structure in progress.

structural steel work is complete and bricks are being laid

12/01/2009 — Structural steel work is complete and bricks are being laid.

structural steel work is complete and bricks are being laid

12/01/2009 — Structural steel work is complete and bricks are being laid.

structural steel work is complete and bricks are being laid

12/01/2009 — Structural steel work is complete and bricks are being laid.

structural steel work is complete and bricks are being laid

12/01/2009 — Structural steel work is complete and bricks are being laid.

Brick installation continues.

01/01/2010 — Brick installation continues.

Blast resistent glass windows being installed.

01/01/2010 — Blast resistent glass windows being installed.

Fire panels in place.

01/12/2010 — Fire panels in place.

Sheet rock in progress.

01/12/2010 — Sheet rock in progress.

Structural support wall.

01/12/2010 — Structural support wall.

Museum entrance accent brick completed.

01/22/2010 — Museum entrance accent brick completed.

Entrance sidewalk poured.

01/22/2010 — Entrance sidewalk poured.

Automatic door on atrium entry.

02/12/2010 — Automatic door on atrium entry.

Conference room entrance from atrium.

02/12/2010 — Conference room entrance from atrium.

Interior of conference room.

03/04/2010 — Interior of conference room.

Conference room entrance from atrium.

03/04/2010 — Conference room entrance from atrium.

We did it!

03/19/2010 — We did it!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

03/19/2010 — Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: From left, Francoise Bonnell, Army Women's Museum acting director; William Moore, deputy to the commanding general, Combined Arms Command and Sustainment of Excellence; retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michele S. Jones, special assistant to the Secretary of Defense White House Liaison; Maj. Gen. James E. Chambers, CASCOM, SCoE and Fort Lee commanding general; retired Maj. Gen. Dee McWilliams, Army Women's Foundation president; Brig. Gen. Jesse R. Cross, Quartermaster School commanding general; and Peggy Trossen, Army Women's Foundation executive director.

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