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National Guard to Host Ribbon Cutting at New Facility in Arden Hills

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2016

ARDEN HILLS, Minn.- The Minnesota Army National Guard is set to host a ribbon-cutting and open house at the new Ben Franklin Readiness Center, 1536 Ben Franklin Street, Arden Hills, Minn., Friday January 8th at 10 a.m.

"The new facility will be a great improvement for our unit, allowing our soldiers to be better trained and prepared to complete our assigned missions," said Capt. Timothy Gorecki, Alpha company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion commander.

"The Ben Franklin Readiness Center provides the required training, storage and maintenance space needed for the three companies that will be stationed here," said Gorecki.

The new facility was designed by Burns and McDonnel of Bloomington, Minn., constructed by LS Black Constructors of St. Paul, Minn. and commissioned by LHB of Duluth, Minn. The 64,000-square-foot facility was federally funded, and cost $17 million to build.

The facility is a great example of the "Green" initiatives that the Minnesota National Guard is using in its new construction, and will meet the US Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver facility requirements. The facility uses geothermal heating and cooling, extensive use of "daylighting" to harvest natural light, as well as other environmentally-conscious strategies to reduce its ecological footprint. The site has a projected annual energy cost of .52₵ per square foot, well below the Minnesota National Guard average of $1.08 per square foot.

"The Ben Franklin Readiness Center will be a great addition to our Arden Hills campus, benefiting our Service members and the community," said Col. Larry Herke, facilities management officer for the Minnesota National Guard.

Members of the media and community are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Friday, January 8th at 10 a.m. at the Ben Franklin Readiness Center, 1536 Ben Franklin Street, Arden Hills, 55112. Members of the media are invited to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

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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