Upgrades ahead: Army proposes to replace 123 deteriorating buildings at Pohakuloa Training Area

  • A close-up of the deterioration of one of the 60-plus-year-old Quonset huts used to house soldiers at Pohakuloa Training Area is shown. (Courtesy PTA/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • Time and weather have taken their toll on the 60-plus-year-old Quonset huts used to house soldiers at Pohakuloa Training Area. (Courtesy PTA/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The 60-plus-year-old curved-wall huts “do not meet minimum standards for health and safety” and are prone to flooding, creating ongoing maintenance issues and unsafe conditions, according to a draft environmental assessment for a $210 facilities improvement project proposed at PTA. (Courtesy PTA/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The U.S. Army is looking to replace aging buildings within PTA’s cantonment area to “improve personnel safety and quality of life,” as well as to meet current building criteria and comply with anti-terrorism standards. The cantonment area is visible in this photo taken in March 2017. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • One of the 66 Quonset huts that would be demolished and replaced with modern, one-story concrete masonry units that are similar in height and size is pictured. (Courtesy PTA/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • Quonset huts constructed in the 1950s at Pohakuloa Training Area would be demolished and replaced as part of a $210 million facilities improvement project the Army is looking to undertake at the military installation. Barracks replacement phasing would displace between 400 and 700 beds — accomodations for about two to three companies — in a given year for several years. Construction phasing will be coordinated with the PTA commander to ensure bed inventory does not impact operational readiness. (Courtesy PTA/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • Lt. Col. Eric Shwedo, a former Pohakuloa Training Area commander, walks through quonset huts in 2014 that troops use when training at the installation. (File photo/West Hawaii Today)

  • Soldiers training at PTA stay in Quonset huts. The U.S. Army is looking to modernize a small portion of the 134,000-acre training area by replacing aging buildings within PTA’s cantonment area to “improve personnel safety and quality of life,” as well as to meet current building criteria and comply with anti-terrorism standards. Just over half the 123 structures to be replaced are the World War II-era Quonset huts still used as barracks. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Changes are planned at Pohakuloa Training Area as the U.S. Army moves forward with a $210 million overhaul.