Excavation was underway Monday morning, Oct. 8, at the location of what will be the new Maine Army National Guard 185th Engineer Support Company building on Edgemont Drive in Presque Isle. Credit: Paula Brewer | Star-Herald

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Construction has begun on the new Maine Army National Guard readiness center, even as builder bids bumped the price up to $18.5 million.

The 43,400-square-foot building is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 and will host the Maine Army National Guard’s 185th Engineer Support Company.

Eagle Lake-based Devoe Construction won the bid for the project, which was originally funded through the federal government at $17.5 million, said Marc Dube, project manager with the Maine Army National Guard.

The bids came in over that $17.5 million figure, however, and the total cost will now be about $18.5 million, Dube said. He added that because of that price increase, some items have been removed from the project for the time being, including a $100,0000 emergency generator and a $350,000 solar photovoltaic system.

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