Maine Army National Guard Opens Brunswick Readiness Center

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Lt. Col. Daniel Curtis, the commander of the 133rd Engineer Battalion cuts the ribbon to the Brunswick readiness center

AUGUSTA, ME (09/12/2015)(readMedia)-- Brig. Gen. Gerard F. Bolduc, the acting Adjutant General for the Maine National Guard, conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the newly completed Brunswick readiness center located on 11 Ordnance Road on September 12.

The readiness center is home to approximately 200 Soldiers from the 133rd Engineer Battalion headquarters, the Forward Support Company, and the 1035th Survey and Design Team.

The $23.5 million facility took approximately three years to build, and is comprised of a 59,500 square foot main building withtwo unheated storage buildings and a controlled waste handling building that are approximately 6,000 square feet total.

"This state of the art facility will provide our Soldiers with the very best training space for emergency preparedness," said Bolduc. "Not only does this new readiness center provide these capabilities to our Guardsmen, it accomplishes its mission while being highly energy efficient."

The readiness center carries the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "Silver" designation, which is awarded to facilities that meet requirements of design and construction that maximize efficient use of energy, water, and building materials, while providing a long term benefit to occupant health and a reduced impact to the environment.

The readiness center includes over 160 photovoltaic panels, four solar collector assemblies to preheat domestic hot water, a 16,000 square foot vegetated roof, and a rain water collection system used to flush low flow bathroom fixtures.

Additionally the building makes use of geothermal heating technology and includes a robust air and vapor barrier system to prevent heat loss and unwanted air and moisture infiltration.