NEPHI, Utah –
The Utah National Guard will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Nephi Readiness Center, Nephi, Utah, Thursday, March 10, at 1 p.m. The site of the readiness center is located along West Airport Lane and south of Meadow Lane in Juab County just west of the Nephi Municipal Airport.
“The entire team has worked diligently over the past few years to design a state-of-the-art readiness center that will stand as a source of pride for the Utah Army National Guard, Nephi City, Juab County, and the state of Utah,” said Brig. Gen. Tyler Smith, assistant adjutant general-Army.
Architectural Nexus designed the 42,590 square-foot Nephi Readiness Center to serve as the administrative, classroom, training, and operations space for the 1457th Engineer Battalion Headquarters and its Forward Support Company.
“The last few years of building design and completing three miles of utilities to the site have been a great way to reintroduce the Utah National Guard back into Juab County,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Thalman, project manager. “Once completed, the $26 million-dollar facility will provide the necessary space for Soldiers to train and maintain readiness to deploy in support of our state and nation.”
Hogan and Associates Construction completed the infrastructure project and was awarded the contract with scheduled completion in the fall of 2023.
In 2009, the Armory Board acquired the 30 acres in a land trade with Nephi City. The military construction planning and submission started in 2012. In 2019, the state legislature funded the utilities for the site through the Department of Facility Construction Management.