The building is complete!! The displays will be built this fall and winter of 2018.
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.
During April the outside was painted, sidewalks were installed, and the parking space was expanded with a new gravel area. The inside walls were painted and the floor was stained. By April 29 when the Wine and Wildlife fundraising event was held, the large animals had been moved into the new room.
During the 2017 season, visitors will be able to enter the new room and see the large animal mounts.
During fall after the Center was closed for the season, students from the CCCTC came and helped move rocks into the building for when the new display will be constructed. They also helped hang the head mounts on the one wall. Much planning has been done on how the new displays will be built.
In January when the Center is closed for the season, Diane Less will start to plan for the murals on the walls. Painting is scheduled to start early January. After she is completed, the volunteers will then build the new displays that will showcase all of the large animals. By next spring, visitors will be able to see the amazing new display!! Pictures will be posted as the murals are painted and the displays are built.