The new building is 160 feet long by 70 feet wide and 70 feet high and will allow larger hull sections to be construction in an indoor environment at the shipyard.
The building provides advanced climate control and has been fitted with two overhead cranes and state-of-the-art equipment.
It is large enough to accommodate the construction of complete tugboats or large hull sections in a controlled indoor environment.
Currently under construction in the building is an aft module of Hull 119, a 275 ft. coastal cruise ship.
The building demonstrates Chesapeake's continuing commitment to quality and continuous improvement. The yard has upgraded its production capacity significantly in recent years, by acquiring additional land, building two new hull fabrication buildings and investing in additional automated equipment.