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Local officials celebrated with members of the U.S. Army Reserve in Warner Robins Saturday where they broke ground on a new $11 million Reserve Center site in the International City.

The new Army Reserve will takeup 15 acres on land and will be energy efficient.

"This one is particularly a LED silver certified which means the heating, the ventilation airing system is top notch to save the electricity, the boiler and the heat is gas," said Colonel Patrick Briley.

The new facility will house a 32,3888 sq. foottraining building, a maintenance facility, and storage building.

"We'll actually be able to take our bridge equipment and open it up on the ground and lay it out and do bridging work," said Sergeant First Class Robert Harness of the US Army Reserve.

The Army Reserve iscurrently in Macon and First Sergeant Nathan York said they have outgrown that building.

"We just don't have the space in Macon. The facility was just too small," said York.

But with the new space in Warner Robins, Harness said they will have plenty of room to train recruits.

"It's giving us the training that we need, the ability to train on location without always having to go off to a distance and plus we'll be able to have our equipment here to train with," said Harness.

The project is expected to be completed by next February.

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