NH Guard maintenance shop takes shape
October 27. 2017 9:46AM
HOOKSETT - The steel skeleton is rising for the New Hampshire Army National Guard's new field maintenance shop.
Construction started in May and should be completed by spring 2018, Lt. Col. Gregory Heilshorn said Tuesday.
“Actual move-in date will be sometime in fall of 2018 after the facility is hard-wired and furniture installed,” he said.
The construction will allow the field maintenance shops at the Manchester and Hillsborough armories to move to Hooksett.
“We have outgrown our current (shop) footprint and require more space and resources to maintain and repair a newer, modern fleet of combat vehicles and associated equipment,” Heilshorn said.
The shop, he said, is “an auto body shop for military rigs and equipment.”
The federal government is covering the nearly $10 million pricetag, he said.
The military is still using both armories, which support training of National Guard units and typically includes space for community uses.
North Branch Construction of Concord is building the 27,200-square-foot shop alongside Route 3.
The building will include a six-bay garage with overhead crane maintenance capabilities, a drive-through wash bay, a tool storage room, offices, classrooms as well as gym and shower facilities.
The building is expected to be enclosed and weather-tight within a month, according to North Branch.
More than 11,000 cubic yards of ledge were blasted this year with 100 percent of the material that will be processed and recycled for use onsite.
The project's architect, Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz, is from Burlington, Vt.