The Navy has awarded an $8 million contract to design and build a new Marine Corps Reserve Center on land that was part of the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The facility will house A Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine, 4th Marine Division and will include a specially designed weapons storage area, according to a release from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

The new facility enables the Marine company to remain in Maine and will allow it to partner with the Maine Army National Guard for drills.

The new facility will comply with anti-terrorism and force protection requirements that the former facility in Topsham did not. The building also is designed to have less environmental impact than previous projects by having a geothermal heating and cooling system, high-efficiency lighting, treated stormwater runoff and interior construction that emits little or no volatile organic compounds, the release said.