Hurricane Harvey in 2017 caused extensive damage to the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) headquarters at NAS Corpus Christi. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 12 after a five-year renovation program.

The newly renovated building, originally constructed in 1941, “serves as home for CNATRA command staff, administration, operations, flight training development, legal, financial, safety, contract division, Navy Reserve and public affairs,” Navy public affairs reports.

Upgrades to the 43,480 square foot facility include installation of a complete heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system; a solar water heater; and ballistic glass doors and windows for anti-terrorism force protection requirements. In addition, the building is now up to code and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifiable.

“We are thrilled with the renovation and are excited to move back home,” said CNATRA Rear Adm. Robert Westendorff.

“While the team enjoyed being in our temporary hangar offices, the renovated building will enhance communication and productivity. The historic significance of our building is evident when you walk through the front door and will remind us of our honorable past as we train the next generation of Naval Aviation professionals.”

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