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Delaware CSMS Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

New Castle, DE

Harkins celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Combined Support Maintenance Shop in New Castle, DE on Thursday, April 15th.

Home of the Delaware National Guard Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS) and Field Maintenance Shop #3 (FMS #3), the new 63,356 sf design-build CSMS serves as a vehicle service and repair shop. Amenities include a welding bay, paint bay, several general-purpose bays, a training room, fitness and locker rooms, administrative support spaces, and specialty shops, including carpentry, machinery, canvas repair, calibration, injector repair, radiator repair, communication, and an arms and vault shop. The project incorporated water source heat pumps, below-slab radiant heating, LED lighting, low flow faucets and fixtures, and 191 roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels, achieving LEED v4.0 Silver Certification.

This CSMS is an upgrade from two small maintenance shops that have been of service to the Delaware National Guard since before the Korean War. The original CSMS consisted of a paint bay, a small arms room, storage space, and maintenance bays that quickly became too small to house the Delaware National Guard’s modernized equipment.

This was the first Harkins project to utilize BIM modeling before construction to plan proper placement of various mechanical aspects of the building. The team was able to mitigate risk and save time through the construction process by using this technology early in the process. It was great to hear the guard talk about how leveraging design-build as a delivery method enabled the building to be delivered faster and resulted in an excellent partnership amongst stakeholders from the onset of design through construction.

Ribbon Cutting Photos