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Conservation Board Receives REAP Grant for
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01/15/05:  The Palo Alto County Conservation Board was awarded a REAP grant for the Nature Center classroom addition project. We had previously received a CAT (Community Attraction and Tourism) grant, but as those funds needed to be matched locally by more than 50%, and the REAP grant is 100%, we will be relinquishing the CAT funds and accepting REAP. The grant monies will be used for the building addition only. The Foundation will continue to do some minimal fundraising to cover the cost of landscaping around the new addition and for the purchase of more tables and chairs for the classroom. 

Our next step is to meet with an architect so that they can draw up plans to be bid this winter. We hope to break ground early spring and have the addition completed by late fall. Watch for details as this project continues.  Continue to check this page for updates.

04/04/05:  Construction of the classroom addition at the Lost Island Nature Center near Ruthven began on Monday.  The Palo Alto County Conservation Board received a REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection) grant to help fund the project.  The Conservation Foundation worked with Architects Collaborative of Spencer to finalize building plans.  Dan Cooper Builders of Emmetsburg is the contractor.  The Palo Alto County Engineer�s office and Secondary Roads crew Andy Barnes and Al Grange started excavation of the basement.  The 32�x 50� addition should be completed by late summer or early fall.

 �We are excited to see this project get underway�, said Miriam Patton, County Naturalist.  �The current classroom space was limited and affected our programming at times.  We actually had to turn away interested students for the hunter safety program last year.� Mary Barrick, Office Manager comments �The classroom addition will be a great improvement and we will be able to offer more diverse programming and meet the public�s needs.�

During the month of April and the first part of May, the footings were done, the basement floor was poured, and the brick was laid.  Some electrical work has been done.  No progress for a couple of weeks in late May and first week in June. 

06/05/05:  For this week, the floor joists were put in, the floor was laid, and the walls were put up.

06/13/05:  The rafters are up.  They are working on the shingles.

06/22/05:  The shingling is finished and the addition is enclosed. 

10/03/05:  The classroom wall is gone!  Contractors are sheet rocking.  The plumbers were here also.

10/12/05:  Contractors are starting to put up the outside siding. 

10/14/05:  Most of the siding is up on the East side of build

11/01/05:  They are starting to tape & mud the sheetrock.

11/07/05:  The ceiling is textured.

11/13/05:  The classroom was painted this week by Cooper Builders.  The rest of the nature center is also being painted by the PACCB staff.

11/20/05:  Cooper Builders are working in the basement on the ceiling. The plumbers and electricians are putting in toilets and lights.  

11/27/05:  Carpet is being installed.

12/04/05:  Week of clean up. 

12/15/05:  Cooper Builders are finishing today!  Please take a look at the pictures of the final project.

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