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A military-style building adjacent to Runway Park at the Greenville Downtown Airport is one step closer to becoming a new museum.

The Military History Center of the Carolinas has received donations from 16 area companies — comprising of either material or services — and construction on the new space began last week. Chris Nordmeyer, with Design South Professionals, volunteers his design services to create the plans for the new museum, according to a news release.

This is a rendering of the U.S. Military History Museum and Education Center currently under construction at the Greenville Downtown Airport. (Rendering provided)“I liked the idea of getting to know more people in my community while helping create something for my community," said Nordmeyer, in the release.

From there, the nonprofit MHCC group received help from two engineering firms and Triangle Construction as the project’s general contractor. The group has also received volunteer services from a plumbing company, companies to test the building’s paint and companies to supply items from electric and plumbing fixtures to construction dumpsters.

Alan Spearman, MHCC president, said once the construction of the new facility is complete, the group will begin raising funds for military items to go inside the museum.

“We already have many historical military items to place in the museum but we are also looking for more to be donated,” Spearman said, in the release.

He added the MHCC is applying for grants to help with funding to purchase artifacts.

The new museum, located at 14 Airport Road Ext., does not have an expected open date as officials said it “will open as soon as finances allow.” According to its web page, the museum hopes to add a high-tech classroom and workshop as part of the facility

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