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Arlington Training Facility is Getting an Upgrade, Inside and Out

Arlington Training Center is well on its way to a first-class upgrade to its facility, both inside and outside. The structure, which provides both training space and offices throughout its 35,000 square foot area is getting $800,000 worth of exterior upgrades and new training equipment.


"The Arlington Training Center is a very nice building. It has lots of space for training and it has wooden support beams – the same as the UBC training facility in Las Vegas. It just needed an upgrade and more curb appeal, because it’s a little dated,” said Paul Jones, executive director of the Gulf Coast Carpenters & Millwrights Training Trust Fund.


“The biggest benefit from this renovation project is to prepare space for additional training opportunities. The newly renovated facility will also serve us very well when explaining our value to contractors and potential industry partners.” 


Exterior renovations include:

  • Removing wings and earthen berms
  • Replacing wood in the front of the building
  • Addressing a complex drainage system to divert runoff away from the building
  • New signage, new paint job, and new landscaping


New equipment includes:

  • An Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) mockup for hands-on training for projects in occupied health are facilities
  • A conveyor prop for training on floor conveyor, power and free monorail systems used in many manufacturing processes such as automotive and food and beverage
  • A clean room fabrication area for instruction in building cleanrooms - specialized, dust- and contaminant-free environments for data chip manufacturing and a variety of industries


The center will also feature two mechatronics/robot stations, which will provide pre-requisite training for the UBC mechatronics course. “The new conveyor and robot equipment will help because a lot of our members work at the GM plant right down the road,” Jones said.


Renovations are expected to be completed by the end of year.