Demolition crew tears down last building standing
By Lindsay Marchello, Bayonet & Saber /
The last World War II building standing in Soldiers Plaza was demolished July 8, bringing to a close another chapter in Fort Benning’s history.
All Phase Services, Inc. took down the last of the World War II era buildings that once populated Soldiers Plaza, which is located off Dixie Road.
The building’s demolition is a part of the Facility Reduction Program, which saw the demolition of 45 World War II buildings around post. The program aims to reduce excess facilities and reduce Fort Benning’s footprint.
Michael Mattero, a contractor and superintendent with All Phase Services, Inc. explained that a building can’t just be torn down. All asbestos has to be removed, utilities disconnected and the proper permits obtained before a building can be demolished.
“Initially what they’ll do is an asbestos abatement,” said Mattero.
Mattero explained that the demolition of the building had to be delayed because more asbestos was discovered in the building’s floor tiles. This discovery prompted an asbestos survey to determine the cost of removal.
Prior to demolition, the World War II buildings were most recently used as administrative offices, but have also been used as barracks in the past.
The National Infantry Museum was able to save some of the World War II buildings and preserve them on World War II Company Street. Visitors to the museum can tour a World War II era barracks, mess hall, orderly room, supply room, chapel and the sleeping quarters and headquarters used by Gen. George S. Patton.