The National Guard opened the doors to its new East Campus Readiness Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place Friday.
The building used to be an old Army Reserves facility, but it has been renovated into a state–of–the–art training facility for National Guard soldiers.
Lt. Col. Curtis Abendroth says he's pleased with how the building has turned out.
"I actually started my career in this building about 27 and a half years ago, so to be able to see the building transform from what it was to what it is today, has been tremendous," Abendroth said.
Abendroth says the original building was constructed in the 50s, and time had taken its toll on it.
Now the structure has been renovated into the East Campus Readiness Center, a facility that will be used to train soldiers and temporarily house the 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.
The building is equipped with brand new offices and classrooms, where Abendroth says a lot of the soldiers' training takes place.
"[To] be able to pick up a facility like this and be able to use it and breathe life into it, it gives that square footage back to us that we can have soldiers within the state come and train in a world-class facility like we have here," Abendroth said.
Construction on the $3 million building began in October of 2011. It is located on UNL's East Campus, and more than 170 soldiers will work and train there.
Governor Dave Heineman, Mayor Chris Beutler, and the new Adjutant General Daryl Bohac were all present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.