NORTH HYDE PARK, Vt.- Construction on a new federally funded National Guard vehicle maintenance facility in North Hyde Park is officially underway. The state paid for the land.
“Vermont employees will work here. We have Vermont contractors that are helping to build it…. It is a complete community and state event that’s partnered with the federal government,” said Vermont Adjutant General, Major General Steven Cray.
The project will be built in two phases- the first will cost $4.4 million, which will be completed by the end of this year.
The next phase is $7.9 million, and will be completed by March 2017.
The shop will most importantly house National Guard vehicles.
“The facilities that this replaces are outdated. Some of the equipment doesn’t even fit in some of the buildings,” said Cray.
“It’s going to pull together more antiquated current facilities into a state of the art facility,” said Governor Peter Shumlin.
The new 45,000 square foot building will utilize a geothermal ground source system for heating and cooling.
It will also include drive thru maintenance bays, as well as office space.
The main reason for the updated facility boils down to safety.
Since 9/11, the National Guard has made a huge investment in new equipment.
“This facility represents our ability to maintain this modern equipment that has been purchased for us and to be used here in the state of Vermont, or abroad if required,” said Cray.
Once the new building is up and running, those existing shops in Lyndonville and St. Albans will be used for storage and some maintenance.