Minnesota National Guard to celebrate opening of new facility in Stillwater

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2017

STILLWATER, Minn.- The Minnesota National Guard will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new readiness center at 350 Maryknoll Drive North in Stillwater, April 7, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

“The hard work and critical training that our Soldiers conduct here will have a lasting impact on the Stillwater community and the readiness of the Minnesota National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard.

The approximately 80,000 square-foot building is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Silver-registered facility. It incorporates many of the federal and state sustainable infrastructure requirements to include renewable solar, heat recovery systems and daylighting controls.

These environmental considerations will cost the Minnesota National Guard 35 percent less in utilities and use 33 percent less electricity and 49 percent less natural gas than a similar-sized building constructed to meet minimum state energy codes.

The previous armory located at 107 East Chestnut Street in Stillwater was built in 1922 with 27,168 square feet. The building was no longer able to meet the increased requirements for training and readiness and the site offered no room for expansion.

The new facility will house soldiers from the 34th Military Police Company and the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion and adjoins the Stillwater Fire Station.

“These Soldiers can be proud, not only of their own hard work serving this state, but also of the fact that the facility they conduct their training in was designed with the environment and generations of future Soldiers and Minnesotans in mind,” said Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard.

Media interested in attending the ribbon-cutting event should contact the Minnesota National Guard public affairs office at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410. For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit MinnesotaNationalGuard.ng.mil.