SD National Guard unveils 3 new buildings

The face of Camp Rapid is changing.

 On Wednesday, The South Dakota National Guard showed off three new buildings on campus. Thirty-six buildings were demolished to make room for the Joint Force Headquarters Readiness Center, Barracks Classroom and Troop Medical Clinic buildings.

The project, which cost $54.1 million, took three years to complete but has been in the planning stages since the late 80’s.

 National Guard members say they are embracing the change which will help them work more cohesive while keeping up with technology.

“All of these buildings incorporate advanced technologies such as geothermal systems, which are very energy-efficient,” said Col. Kit Cline of the South Dakota National Guard.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony takes place Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The facilities will be open to the public June 8, 2012.

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