The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Center near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., will soon add new buildings.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $51.7 million contract to construct 250 room student dormitories and a student center.
In a news release Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said the addition of dorms will turn the facility into a full service campus, and will save the government money for training and travel expenses.
“This center is on the cutting edge of education and training for Customs and Border Protection personnel who play an essential role in defending our country," Rockefeller said.
The Advanced Training Center opened in 2005. It currently employs about 200 federal and contract workers. More than 12,000 customs officers train each year there.
The new buildings should be completed by mid-2016.