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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Ten months after the groundbreaking, Fort Benning's new 860 room hotel is taking shape. The Army Lodge, a $90 million project, is specifically designed to consolidate lodging for soldiers on temporary duty to Fort Benning, and families in transition to moving on post long-term.

David Sherrick, Project Manager for the Army Lodge, says there is a lot of work still to be done. "We're about 30 percent complete with construction, with a target date of August of 2014 for completion," he says.

The finished product is intended to blend-in with existing buildings on post. Achieving that takes a lot of work.

"Our contractor has 275 different workers from different trades, working on the construction of the facility," says Sherrick. "We have electricians. We have the masons with the cement. We have the crane operator, and we have the contractor's administrative staff here as well."

Precious Patterson, Director of Fort Benning Lodging, says the update is overdue, pointing out a building that was built in 1929. "Because of the large training needs at Fort Benning, we definitely needed a new facility," she says.  

The construction crews at the Army Lodge have been dealing with a lot of rain this season, but Sherrick does not seem to think it will push back the completion date.

"Understand that the whole summer season here is very much different than in the past," says Sherrick. "The contractor is making quick adjustments, keeping the area dry, and keeping the workers on site getting things done."

Several Fort Benning leaders have toured the construction site and are please with what they see.

Sherrick sees the project as a win-win for Fort Benning. "This is going to benefit a lot of soldiers and families long into the future," he says.

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