Linda F. Benedict, Gautreaux, Craig
The Louisiana 4-H Foundation has announced that it has met its financial goals to begin construction on the first phase of its multipurpose building at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center near Pollock, La.
Louisiana 4-H Foundation Director Jeff Bush said the advertisement for bid specifications for the first phase is nearing completion.
“We are anticipating announcing the winner of the construction bid process sometime this summer, with major construction to begin shortly after the summer camping program ends in August,” Bush said. “We are planning to have a groundbreaking ceremony this summer.”
Bush has begun working on the next phase of the building.
“We have an ambitious timeline for Phase II,” he said. “We have received a generous challenge grant that will grow significantly if we meet the challenge criteria by the end of this year.”
According to Bush, Phase II involves making the building climate-controlled, which will include installing heating and cooling units. The building will house an auditorium, the camp store, restrooms and storage for equipment used by 4-H’ers during camp.
Bush estimates it will take approximately $600,000 to meet the financial goals for Phase II. The total cost of the building is estimated to be $1.8 million, with most of the money being raised through private donations.
The growth in the number of 4-H camp participants was one of the primary reasons for constructing the building, Bush said. Currently, the center does not have space for activities or large gatherings during inclement weather.
(This article was published in the winter 2013 issue of Louisiana Agriculture magazine.)
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