(The following text was pulled from the CDP’s Facebook page: https://rb.gy/xihepl)
FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness has numerous construction projects planned during the remainder of 2023.
Within the next few months, the final updates to training bays at its Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility (COBRATF) are set to begin. During this phase, the remaining vinyl wall coverings and props will be installed, completing the new training scenarios.
A backup generator will also be added to the facility, ensuring the safety of students and staff in the event of a power disruption.
Renovations at the CDP’s Advanced Responder Training Complex should begin within the next few months as well. The renovations will involve the complete demolition of the interior of the complex’s main building and are expected to be completed in about two years.
Work on another dorm in the Responder Lodging Complex, Bldg. 78, is also set to begin.
The renovation of all nine dorms on the CDP campus began in 2010 and has included the installation of new carpet and furnishings, bathroom fixtures and security controls in each room, as well as a new heating and cooling system for each building. The new heating and cooling system allows students to adjust the temperature of their individual rooms.
To ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, one room in each dorm has also been prepared to ADA standards.
Also in the Responder Lodging Complex, the cafeteria will receive a new roof this year and the road through the site will be reconfigured and paved to form a complete loop.
At the Noble Training Facility (NTF), meanwhile, work is beginning on the second phase of a project on the building’s brick envelope. During this project, the brick exterior of a section of the building will be removed, structural repairs will be made to the wall behind the bricks, and then the bricks will be replaced.
During the year, two of the CDP’s largest parking areas — the main parking lot at the NTF and the rear parking lot at the CDP headquarters building — will also be replaced. These lots will be closed to parking for extended periods while the new pavement properly cures.
Please note: Students and CDP staff must not enter work areas, even if workers are not present. If an area is closed for renovation, it is a safety hazard to enter it.