State Breaks Ground on New DHHS Headquarters in Augusta

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AUGUSTA, Maine. (WABI) The state broke ground Friday on what will become the first major addition to the State House complex since the 1970's.

FD Stonewater and the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services celebrated the start of construction of the new DHHS headquarters.

The Department of Health and Human Services currently resides on State Street but will soon move to the Capitol Street location when it's completed in 2019.

Governor LePage says it's current building is outdated and this new facility will benefit its workers, clients, and the city of Augusta.

"I'm real proud that we're going to have a nice facility to work in and the people of the state Maine will have better service because we will be much closer together, working together. We can be more efficient and more productive," said LePage.

"This new space makes it easier for them to connect and, in turn, creating a more efficient and effective Health and Human Services system. The new facility will house employees from across the department who work in different locations now," said Ricker Hamilton, DHHS Commissioner.

The last addition to the State House complex was the state's Cultural Building in 1971.