WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — The Washington Navy Yard building that was the site of a mass shooting in 2013 has reopened after extensive renovations.
About 400 employees of the Naval Sea Systems Command began reporting to work at Building 197 on Monday morning.
A ceremony outside included the christening of the building with a bottle of champagne.
No longer Building 197. The Navy Yard reopens with a huge renovation of the the scene of a tragic mass shooting. pic.twitter.com/82vYzR0F1E— John Domen (@JDDsays) February 2, 2015
The building has been closed since the September 2013 shooting, in which 12 people were killed and four others were injured.
The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was killed by police.
Alexis was a civilian contractor and former Navy reservist who suffered from mental health problems.
Family members of victims met with Navy yesterday. Hundreds gathered here today. pic.twitter.com/sR3laBSPPR— John Domen (@JDDsays) February 2, 2015
The Naval Sea Systems Command says the building has a new layout and appearance following the renovations, which also repaired damage from the shooting.
There is new paint and paneling inside, with soundproof windows for the floors above the atrium. There is also a new cafeteria that opened up and new entrances along the building.
One old entrance is now where a memorial sits for the victims. The names are lit up in white lights against the wall, while a waterfall drips down.
A total of 2,700 workers were displaced by the shooting. Workers will move back in gradually over several weeks.
Scenes from the memorial here pic.twitter.com/NqZ8uLydaX— John Domen (@JDDsays) February 2, 2015
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