Maryland Army National Guard Breaks Ground On New Facility In Havre De Grace
HAVRE DE GRACE - On November 3, The Maryland Army National Guard broke ground on a new $35.5 million facility at the Havre de Grace Military Reservation.
The new facility will be a 62,000-square-foot support maintenance shop and a 6,000-square-foot detached storage building. The Maryland Department of General Services started construction on November 7, and the facility is expected to be completed by May 2024.
This facility is replacing four existing structures that were built in 1924. The new buildings will be a massive upgrade in terms of energy efficiency, as the new structures are expected to achieve certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED Silver status).
In a statement, Army Brig. Gen. Janeen L. Birckhead, the Maryland Army National Guard commander, said the new buildings are desperately needed.
“After 100 years, it will be turned into this maintenance facility that we desperately need and our soldiers will look forward to using,” Birckhead said. “With a tactical ground fleet of 900 vehicles, our new facility allows us to keep pace with Army modernization.”
The support and maintenance shop will be built on an 11-acre parcel of the 75-acre Havre de Grace Military Reservation. The National Guard projects that up to 60 full-time staff will provide maintenance and support for all Maryland National Guard units at the facility.
“We can now support Maryland more efficiently and effectively,” Birckhead said. “Maintenance is key to being always ready and always there.”