Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Renovated Maine Army National Guard Readiness Center

By Amy Jeanroy

Brig. Gen. Hugh Corbett, the assistant adjutant general of the Maine Army National Guard cuts the ribbon at the grand reopening ceremony of the newly renovated Readiness Center in Calais Saturday. (Submitted photo).

Home to approximately 55 Soldiers from the 1136th Transportation Company, the Calais Maine Army National Guard Readiness Center revealed a completed updated building Saturday during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Armory upgrades started in 2014 and cost $4.6 million dollars; a combination of federal and state bond money. The renovations focused on modernizing the building and making energy efficiency improvements. 

The improvements to the building included replacing heating, ventilation and cooling systems, replacing lighting fixtures, replacing flooring throughout, a new kitchen, insulation throughout the facility, replacing windows and most of the roof (excluding over the drill floor as the roof was replaced in 2008), a fire suppression system, and new electrical system to meet current National Electrical Code requirements.

"The Calais Readiness Center renovation project is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished when the community, the State, the National Guard, and contractors understand the goals and keep the focus on the finish line," said Col. Dwaine E. Drummond, Director of Facilities and Engineering for the Maine Army National Guard.