This is the new state Department of Safety Marine Patrol building, which hosted an open house on Saturday morning. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
By ROGER AMSDEN, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — More than 100 people turned out for an open house Saturday morning at the New Hampshire Marine Patrol's new 32,000-square-foot headquarters building in Glendale.
“It was a very good turnout and there were a lot of positive comments,” said Lt. Crystal McLain, who oversaw all the details of the building's construction as project manager.
She said people were impressed with the boat maintenance facility used for the Marine Patrol's fleet, as well as the two state-of-the-art classrooms for public boating education courses, one of which was closed off because a boating safety class was being held.
The new headquarters building includes office space, a dispatch center and a lobby for issuing boat registrations. Along with areas for training and testing boaters, the building also has a booking area and a holding cell, where violators can be held before being taken to the Belknap County Jail.
Ground was broken on the $9.38 million project in September of 2015 and it was completed and opened in late October last year. It is named the David T. Barrett Marine Patrol headquarters in honor of the man who was the director of the Division of Safety with the New Hampshire Department of Safety from 1993 until his death in 2011.
As part of the project the state also purchased an adjacent 1.4 acre lot where Glendale Marine had been located for $1,345,000 to provide additional space for the bureau's operations.
The new facility features storm water filtering by underground drainage, filtered roof run-off drainage, porous concrete, green spaces designed to capture and filter run-off, energy-efficient LED lighting, a modern and efficient HVAC system, and sun tunnels. The building provides ADA compliant accessibility.
The facility was built on the site of the former Marine Patrol headquarters which was acquired by the state from Goodhue Boat Yard in the 1960s. John Goodhue II had built the boat yard in 1950 and rebuilt it after it was destroyed by fire in 1960.
A 2011 study of the former building identified numerous issues, including serious structural problems, lack of ADA compliance, excessive energy costs, and poor drainage and run-off containment from the parking lot.
The opening of the new building last November enabled the state to close a storage facility in Belmont and the temporary headquarters on the old State School property in Laconia, where operations were moved to during the construction period.
Captain Tim Dunleavy gives visitors a tour of the headquarters during their open house on Saturday morning. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
The Marine Patrol fleet stands ready as the Memorial Day weekend welcomes the beginning of summer to Lake Winnipesaukee. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
- Written by Roger Amsden
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