Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Renovated Maine Army National Guard Readiness Center in Calais

AUGUSTA, ME (11/02/2016)(readMedia)-- Brig. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham, the Adjutant General for the Maine National Guard, announced a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the newly renovated Calais readiness center located on 53 Calais Avenue on November 5th at 11 a.m.

The readiness center is home to approximately 55 Soldiers from the 1136th Transportation Company.

The $4.6 million renovation lasted just over one year and used $2 million from the 2013 state bond along with $2.6 million in federal funds. The construction efforts focused on significantly modernizing the interior spaces and making energy efficiency improvements to the 14,900 square foot main building.

"To look at this facility in person, you would think that it was a brand new readiness center," said Farnham. "The improvements to this existing facility are significant, as are the cost savings to our taxpayers. We simply could not have overhauled this armory if not for the bond."

The readiness center renovation will provide a long term benefit to occupant health and a reduced impact to the environment due to replacing heating, ventilation and cooling systems, replacing lighting fixtures, replacing flooring throughout, a new kitchen, improving insulation throughout the facility, replacing windows and most of the roof (excluding over the drill floor as the roof was replaced in 2008), a fire suppression system, and new electrical system to meet current National Electrical Code requirements.

"The Calais Readiness Center renovation project is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished when the community, the State, the National Guard, and contractors understand the goals and keep the focus on the finish line," said Col. Dwaine E. Drummond, Director of Facilities and Engineering for the Maine Army National Guard. "Our contractors displayed exceptional planning and craftsmanship. Washington County Community College displayed true community spirit and provided our soldiers a temporary home, and the tax payers of Maine have received a great return on their investment."

This event is invite only and will feature a brief tour of the new facility after the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Maj. Norman Stickney (207) 430-5759, or email ng.me.mearng.list.public-affairs@mail.mil no later than 3 p.m., Friday, November 4th, 2016 if possible. Media should plan to show up no later than 10:45 a.m. the day of the ceremony.


The Maine Army National Guard


 Grand re-opening of a renovated Maine Army National Guard facility

WHEN: Saturday November 05, 2016 at 11:00AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
WHERE: 53 Calais Avenue
Calais, Maine 04619

 Media interested in covering the event should contact Maj. Norman Stickney (207) 430-5759, or email ng.me.mearng.list.public-affairs@mail.mil no later than 3 p.m., Friday, November 4th.

The Calais Armory renovation facts:

• Design for the Calais Armory renovation started in May of 2014.

• Construction started in August of 2015.

• Construction was completed in September of 2016.

• The cost of the project, architectural/engineering fees: $4.6 million

• $2.6 million Federal money

• $2 million State bond money from the 2013 bond referendum

• Replaced the old steam heating system with a variable refrigerant volume (VRV) heating system.

• Installed an energy efficient cooling and ventilation system.

• New fire protection and fire alarm system, including the installation of a fire pump.

• Repair of the roofing throughout the building, exclusive of the drill hall which was repaired in 2008.

• Overhaul of the kitchen to more adequately meet standards.

• Complete renovation of the male and female latrines.

• Repair of the male and female locker rooms.

• Installation of an exterior insulation finishing system to improve energy efficiency.

• Installation of new windows to improve energy efficiency.

• Installation of new vinyl composition tile (VCT) flooring throughout the building.

• Complete repainting of the interior walls of the building.

• Repair of the electrical distribution system to meet current NEC requirements.

• The addition of a stand-by emergency generator Installation of ramps to meet accessibility requirements