Coast Guard unit hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony

BALTIMORE – Coast Guard Sector Baltimore hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to mark the completion of their 2nd floor building renovation project.

The $1 million project was initiated to address rapidly progressing space constraint issues, correct previous issues of water intrusion and upgrade the air handling system.

Several separate but complementary units contributed the funds needed for this renovation including the Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic, the Fifth Coast Guard District and the Coast Guard Yard. The renovation was initiated in 2006, although construction did not begin until November 2008.

“Our Coast Guard team members are our most precious resource and we’re doing our best to ensure they have comfortable and efficient work spaces,” said Captain Brian D. Kelley, the commanding officer of Sector Baltimore. “We’ve taken the space from 1930s construction into the 21st century.”

Beyond improving functionality, this renovation returns the building to its nautical roots with maritime decking and a dedicated area showcasing more than 200 years of shore-force artifacts.

The newly renovated floor will house 49 Coast Guard members that execute various missions including maritime safety and security, waterways management and environmental missions throughout the Upper Chesapeake Bay.

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