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Minnesota National Guard
Arden Hills breaks ground

Minnesota Army National Guard and community leaders came together for an official ground breaking ceremony for the new Arden Hills Readiness Center on Thursday, May 13, 2010

The $15 million LEED Silver Green Readiness Center will encompass more than 61,000 square feet This facility will support more than 240 Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard's 147th Human Resources Company and the 1135th Forward Support Company

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"This is an excellent and exciting day for the Minnesota National Guard," State Adjutant General Larry Shellito exclaimed

Construction is scheduled to be completed in September 2011 and this will be the first new building on the Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS) (formerly known as the Twin City Army Ammunition Plant) in nearly 60 years

The building is being built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver classification This means that the finished product will be evaluated in sustainability pertaining to sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor air quality, and innovation and design process

"The National Guard has been interested for many years in green projects, so we make an attempt in all new construction to meet those standards where we can," said Capt Randy Belden, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs "It's an attempt to be a good neighbor to the community, as well"

Congress approved funding for the Readiness Center last year, although the Department of Defense project has been in discussion for about 10 years

A number of other facilities are planned for AHATS to include a field maintenance shop, readiness center and headquarters facilities for both the 34th "Red Bull" Infantry Division and the Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters

Story and Photos by Sgt Dajon N Schafer
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
13 May 2010



 





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