Contractors told KIII TV in South Texas that the renovation on an abandoned building, like the MATSG building, “should have taken at least one year at a cost of about $2 million.”
Instead of wasting all that time and money, the Marines at the MATSG building took the project into their own hands, completing it in three months and for less than $150,000.
… Ninety students and personnel, waiting to start training, pitched in to complete specific areas for work space, a radio training room and a conference room.
Lt. Colonel Kevin Heartwell told KIII TV that he “credits Captain Mike Young, a contractor before entering the Marines, for spearheading the project.”
“Sweat equity is I guess what you’d call it. Sweat equity,” Heartwell said. “Marines spending their own time, their own efforts to make this their own space. Make it nice.”