$15.5 million Maine Army National Guard facility coming to Presque Isle

Courtesy: MGN Online

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new readiness center for the Maine Army National Guard is in the works for Presque Isle.

The Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham, announced today that the Maine Army National Guard is working with WBRC Architects and Engineers of Bangor to design a new readiness center in Presque Isle.

The new facility will replace the aging Solomon readiness center in Caribou, which is home to the 185th Engineer Support Company. The new, modern facility, will provide a 43,400 square foot training facility that includes state of the art energy management and sustainable design features. The new facility is projected to cost $15.5 million.

"This new facility will provide our soldiers and citizens with a facility they can be proud of and reemphasize our commitment to our communities in the northern portion of our great state," said Farnham.

The project was accelerated by approval from Congress to address major facility systems concerns at the current location in Caribou, temporarily delaying the planned Readiness Center in Saco. The Saco readiness center was originally scheduled to begin construction in the summer of 2018.

"The Caribou facility is reaching its useable life expectancy," said Col. Dwaine E. Drummond, Director of Facilities and Engineering for the Maine Army National Guard. "Costs to repair and improve the facility to ensure the safety of our Soldiers are cost prohibitive for the Guard. This is why we needed to switch our priorities for military construction and delay the Saco readiness center."

The Northern Maine Readiness Center project is expected to begin construction in 2018 on a site adjacent to the Northern Maine Community College, on about 10 acres of land provided by the City of Presque Isle. The construction should take approximately two years with a projected finish of summer 2020.