Maine National Guard gets new 101,000-square-foot home

Maine’s Army and Air National Guard units have a new headquarters with the completion of 101,000-square-foot Camp Chamberlain in north Augusta.

The $34 million project on 43 acres off Civic Center Drive, on land next to the state veterans cemetery, took more than two years to finish.

"Camp Chamberlain was designed to provide the Maine National Guard with a 100-year facility," said Col. Normand Michaud, director of facilities and engineering for the Maine Army National Guard. "This facility will provide us with the space that is required by regulation that is state of the art, energy efficient and modern."

The new campus was necessary because of the advanced age of 136-year-old Camp Keyes and requirements to enhance energy efficiency.

The camp also allowed the Army and Air Force to be a more "joint force,” and it provides adequate professional office space and training space, said Lt. Col. Darryl Lyon, spokesman for the Guard.

The building, which houses office, classroom and collaboration space, a gymnasium, auditorium, kitchen and dining room among other functions, is built to exceed an LEED Silver target. It includes an 18kw photovoltaic array on the roof, external monitoring of heating controls, automatic sensors for lighting fixtures and LEDs throughout.

The joint forces headquarters is home to approximately 190 full time soldiers and airmen, a number that increases to 220 during a drill weekend. The headquarters also oversees 3,100 Army and Air Guard members across the state.

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