Construction Begins on New $20 Million Barracks Facility at Fork Union Military Academy

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Fork Union Military Academy has broken ground on the construction of a new 90,000 square foot barracks facility to house boarding students in its Corps of Cadets. The $20 million construction project is funded entirely from financial contributions and the school is incurring no debt in building this new facility. Over $14 million in contributions toward this building has already been collected, and the Academy is optimistic that the remainder of the funds needed will be raised before construction is completed in the next 18 months.

Artist's rendering of the new Jacobson Hall being built on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy

Fork Union Military Academy has broken ground on a new $20 million barracks construction project to provide housing for boarding school students in the years ahead. Jacobson Hall will be the single largest construction project ever undertaken on the ground of Fork Union Military Academy, and certainly one of the largest to begin in recent months in the central Virginia region. The construction project will provide outstanding facilities for the Academy's cadets in the long term, and immediate jobs and growth for the region’s economy in the short term.

Representatives from the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Office, the United States Senate, as well as officials from local and state government offices were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony held Friday, October 22, 2010. Several hundred friends and supporters were in the audience as the first symbolic spadefuls of dirt were turned.

Participating in the ceremony were Jerry and Laura Jacobson, the parents of two sons currently in the school's Cadet Corps, whose gift of just over $10 million in cash helped make the start of construction possible. The building will be named Jacobson Hall in their honor.

In these tough economic times, the start of such a sizable project is a testament to the generous support provided by the Academy’s parents, alumni, friends, and benefactors. The $20 million construction project is funded entirely from financial contributions and the school is incurring no debt in building this new facility. Over $14 million in contributions toward this building has already been collected, and the Academy is optimistic that the remainder of the funds needed will be raised before construction is completed in the next 18 months.

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