Recruiting future Marines to Parris Island hasn't been a problem � it's finding a place to house them that has proved tricky for the depot.
Massive sections of modular buildings on flatbed trailers have lined the off-ramp to Parris Island in recent weeks as the depot begins to construct temporary facilities to house an increasing number of recruits.
A Department of Defense initiative to grow the Marine Corps to 202,000 by 2011 has put additional pressure on the depot's existing infrastructure, especially the recruits' living quarters, said David Woodward, an architect working in the depot's public works and engineering department.
Woodward said the department got the go-ahead from the Corps early this year to begin designing 16 temporary barracks.
"We designed the barracks in January, and by early March we had begun the contracting process," he said. "This has been a pretty involved, high-speed process."
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