The first job was to remove the two trees at the end of the current building to make way for the new room addition. This was a big job that took parts of three days! On October 3 the one tree was cut down and the other tree partially done due to wires in the branches. On October 4 the electric company came and moved the wires out of the way and also helped take down the high branches. The tree tops were cut to a smaller size and stacked to be chipped. On October 8 all the tops were chipped, with the chips being saved for flower bed mulch next spring, and the yard was raked and cleaned.
On October 15 the ground breaking ceremony was held. This event was attended by Tim Ginter and Tim Weigle as well as some of the Wildlife Education Center volunteers and members of the George Mankowski family. The Mankowski family has been very generous in their donations to this building project, Tim Ginter helped the group obtain a state capital improvement grant to help with funding, and Tim Weigle gave the group a donation from the Columbiana County Commissioners.
In early December the tree stumps were removed from the end of the building and the old sidewalk was removed. We are still waiting for the architect to get all the necessary paperwork filed and then the actual construction will begin.
Construction finally began in early March. The room structure went up very quickly! The builders, Mays Brothers, Inc., were able to complete the outside by mid-March.
During the end of March and early April, the electric was installed, the inside walls were done, and the HVAC was installed. On April 5 the hole between the new room and current building was cut and the doors connecting the new room with the current building were installed.