Breaking Ground on the Easton Readiness Center
The Harkins team celebrated the groundbreaking of the Easton Readiness Center on Friday, June 2nd in Easton, MD. Local elected officials, including State Senator Addie Eckhardt, members of the Maryland National Guard who will be stationed at the new armory, Major General Linda L. Singh, Adjutant General of Maryland, and Deputy Secretary Leigh Williams who spoke on behalf of Secretary Churchill, were joined by the Maryland Department of General Services and Harkins team members.
The new readiness center will replace the original armory, which was built in 1974. The armory was recently demolished and the site is being cleared to make way for the one-story, 37,000 sf facility. This design-build building will have a structural steel structure with a concrete and masonry foundation. It will house the Detachment 1, 729th Quartermaster Company, the D Company 1-175th infantry, and a state Veterans Honor Guard team. Soldiers from these units have deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, in addition to serving at home during civil support contingency operations.
It will feature administrative office suites, an assembly hall, classrooms, multipurpose rooms, a training and simulation room, equipment supply areas, a kitchen and break room, a detached vehicle maintenance building, and fitness and locker rooms.
The Easton Readiness Center is part of a strategic plan to update facilities across the entire state. The facility will be LEED certified.
Photo: Members from the Maryland Department of General Services, Stantec, and Harkins team.