Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Upgrades Historic Building

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (U.S. Navy photo)
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (U.S. Navy photo)

KITTERY, Maine -- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is celebrating the completion of the $44 million repair and upgrade of a building that's on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire joined in Wednesday's dedication at the shipyard.

The project transformed the former Building Ways, known as Building 178, by rehabilitating nearly 170,000 square feet of underutilized space to create a state-of-the-art industrial material handling facility to support maintenance and repair of Navy submarines.

The building was originally constructed from 1939 to 1944. Energy improvements in the upgraded structure are expected to cut down on heating costs.

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