DEVILS LAKE - Dedication of the new 164th Regional Training Institute building at Camp Grafton Training Center and an open house at the training center, will be held Saturday. The events are open to the public.
The building dedication will be begin at 10:30 a.m. and the open house at the Camp Grafton Training Center will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The $30.5 million building contains nearly 183,000 square feet and includes administration facilities, education facilities, a vertical construction lab and the first of three billeting wings with 60 rooms in the first phase.
The second phase, budgeted at $20 million, is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2017. It will add 68,179 square feet and two additional billeting wings. When complete, the building will include 216 rooms.
"This new facility will help the RTI to grow and keep pace with the increased demand for professional military engineer training," said Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, N.D. National Guard adjutant general.
The expansion of the Regional Training Institute is part of a five-year strategic plan to increase the force structure of the North Dakota National Guard and enhance the skills and preparedness of Guard members, said Gov. John Hoeven.
Camp Grafton is located south of Devils Lake.