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Armory Renovation Ribbon Cutting

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan 16, 2015

A ceremonial ribbon cutting on Jan 20 will provide an opportunity for the community to see the newly renovated National Guard Armory in Austin

“This renovation provides a more efficient use of space, maximizes the training capability for the unit, creates additional usage opportunities for the community and provides an appealing atmosphere for community events,” said Sgt 1st Class David Gansen, readiness non-commission officer for 224th Transportation Company

The Austin Armory serves as home to the 224th Transportation Company Headquarters providing training space for 100 soldiers each month The armory is also used by community members regularly for weddings and benefits 

“Originally constructed in 1964, the single story building approximately 22,000 square feet in size sits on nearly five acres of land bording Interstate 90 and in the city limits of Austin,” said Maj Eduardo Suarez, operations officer for the 347th Regional Support Group

The $37 million, year-long renovation completed in October 2014 includes; a new roofing membrane, modernized kitchen, female locker and shower facilities, physical fitness training room, ADA accessibility improvements and addition storage areas Aesthetical improvements included adding clerestory windows in the drill hall, window treatments, fresh interior paint and new flooring, said Suarez 

Additional mechanical and electrical improvements to the armory focused on safety and energy savings  The renovation includes a new high efficiency heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system throughout the facility with remote monitoring and control, as well as fire sprinkler system and new plumbing fixtures  In addition, interior occupancy sensing lighting for optimal energy savings was added, electrical wiring, outlets and fire and smoke alarm systems were updated A new public address system for the drill hall, as wells as a mass notification system for the entire building was installed, said Suarez 

Members of the media and general public are invited to attend the ceremony, held in partnership with the Austin Chamber of Commerce, at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, Jan 20, at the National Guard Armory in Austin, 800 21st Street Northeast, Austin, Minn

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

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