GREENVILLE — Built in 1964, the Michigan National Guard Armory in Greenville building has stood relatively untouched for the past 50 years.
The armory, which houses the 1073rd Maintenance Company, recently underwent a much needed renovation, receiving a $1.7-million facelift.
“It is a great day for the National Guard, the 1073rd, Greenville and the community,” said Major General Gregory Vadnais, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, during a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday. “There will be more reliance on the National Guard and we need facilities that are in good condition. This is an investment in Michigan’s future and our soldiers.”
Planning for the project began two years ago, with construction getting underway in May 2013.
The renovation included all water, gas and electrical modernizations, a new kitchen, personal storage equipment lockers, recruiting and unit career counselor offices, a physical training center, male and female shower rooms and bathroom and a much larger storage room for weaponry.
“This is much more accommodating for our soldiers,” said Commanding Officer Daniel Daugherty.
The armory was previously without equipment lockers for soldiers, something Manager Paul Geiger said cost the company money in lost equipment.
Also added were new shower rooms, which the building did not have before, as well as a new workout facility, complete with treadmills, benches and other exercise equipment.
The renovation of the second floor completely revamped the layout to make room for much needed office space and conference rooms, which will be used for privacy during counseling sessions.
A 600-square-foot, state-of-the art vault was added, replacing a 150-square-foot one. The room stores equipment and some weapons in a locked, secure vault.
The armory was painted throughout and a new ventilation system and underground electrical service were installed. An old steam boiler was replaced by a hot water energy efficient system with central air serviced by a climate-controlled data server room.
Lights and other electrical devices are controlled by a motion sensors. The entire building’s lighting system is programmed to turn off any lights left on during the night.
With a nearly entirely different layout, the building’s functionality is far improved after the renovation.
“The efficiency is the biggest thing,” Geiger said. “When we put everything in it, it was designed for efficiency.”
The 22,000-square-foot facility, located at 319 Hillcrest St., houses five full-time staff members from the 1073rd Maintenance Company. The company has deployed as part of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Michigan National Guard has 44 armories across the state and the current renovations to the Greenville facility are consistent with the Michigan National Guard’s strategic plan to improve its infrastructure in support of its mission,” according to a press release from the Michigan National Guard.
Renovations at the Greenville armory and other armories around the state will improve unit readiness, reduce energy consumption and extend the life expectancy of the armory.
Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature provided support for the Michigan National Guard to improve the armories and the National Guard Bureau provided federal funding for a significant portion of the project.