In a move that will allow the Army to shed some of its excess facilities and consolidate remaining activities at Fort Jackson, the service has decided to demolish the Columbia, S.C., post’s World War II-era headquarters building.
The installation will not get a replacement headquarters and, instead, the command and garrison staff will be relocated to a much newer facility that formerly housed the Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The move will benefit the post by consolidating command and garrison staff in the 41,700-square-foot building instead of remaining scattered throughout the post, reported the Charlotte Observer.
The Army’s Installation Management Command “wants to get out of World War II wood buildings” in all of its installations, said Col. Mark Shade, Fort Jackson’s deputy commanding officer. “They are inefficient. They are not up to code. They are cold in the winter and hot in the summer,” Shade said.
Officials determined that the building did not have historical significance, primarily because of the amount of renovations it had undergone. An amphitheater will be built on the lot where the headquarters now stands, with much of the property remaining as green space. The amphitheater will be connected to the Basic Combat Training Museum, which is across the street from the current headquarters.