The West Virginia Army National Guard, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, and the city of Buckhannon broke ground Wednesday on the new Buckhannon Readiness Center.
The 39,847 square foot facility will house three detachments of the Army National Guard: 601st Engineer Company, W.Va. Army National Guard, 1935th Contracting Team, and the 229th Engineer Detachment.
Once complete, the site will also be home to the U.S. Property and Fiscal Office, and field maintenance shop.
The National Guard said the new readiness center will keep it firmly rooted in Upshur County.
"Maintaining a community based militia force of citizen soldiers rooted in the community not just serving our nation's overseas interests, but for protecting us at home when we need it," said Major General James Hoyer.
"This project itself funds should have gone to another state, but because they couldn't match the funds, and we could in West Virginia, we're able to get the facility that we're breaking ground for today," said Gov Earl Ray Tomblin, (D) West Virginia.
The second phase of construction will add an additional 26,000 square feet.
The project should be finished within two years.