The Louisiana National Guard will showcase the new $58.4 million Armed Forces Reserve Center in Baton Rouge on Friday. Officials say it’s Louisiana’s first joint Armed Forces Reserve Center, housing Army and Marine Corps reserve units as well as National Guard units.

The building and grounds include more than 157,000 square feet of training, support, and administration space, said Staff Sgt. Denis B. Ricou, a National Guard spokesman. The maintenance shop alone is almost 21,000 square feet of space to work on everything from vehicles to weapons, he said.

The units moved a couple of months ago, from buildings around the Baton Rouge airport into the new center near LSU’s South Campus, Ricou said.

Last month, work started at a $19 million Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Minden.

It will be headquarters for Army Guard and Air Guard units already located at the camp, and is expected to be done in 18 months.

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