By Associated Press - Saturday, September 12, 2015

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) - The Maine National Guard has officially opened its $23.5 million Brunswick readiness center.

Brig. Gen. Gerard F. Bolduc, the acting adjutant general, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday.

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

The facility is made up of a 59,500-square-foot building with two unheated storage buildings and waste handling building. The Guard says the facility has 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.

Bolduc says the state-of-the-art facility will provide the soldiers with the very best training space for emergency preparedness.



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