This should be my last summary of progress articles regarding Phase-I of the museum. By the time you are reading this, we hope, weather permitting, the EIFS work which provides the early period fire station look to the East side exterior will be completed. Once the underground guttering is installed, we will officially deem Phase-I completed and begin the process of Phase-II with all due effort, focus and attention.
Phase-II will fully build-out the interior, provide all electrical, HVAC, plumbing, all of the finishes, formal NE entry and planned functional elements of both the interior and exterior. Preliminary estimates are currently $250,000 or more. That said, much more to do with fund-raising and we continue to look for major sponsors in this project. We have benefited from a few larger donations in getting us to this point, but I am very pleased to acknowledge that with the exception of the FFAM donation of $100,000; most of the other $400,000 raised for the museum was from hundreds and hundreds of smaller to small contributions. They all added up to what was eventually needed in getting Phase-I built and now waiting Phase-II of this process. I will continue to remind everyone we are not yet done. I now defer your attention to the current fund-raising projects that are also being outlined in this newsletter.
I also want to clarify that the gray background you are seeing in the museum construction pictures of this newsletter is not even close to what the finished result will look like. You are seeing just one color of what will be a total of five in contrasting the front plus the accents are not yet completed. The final reveal will be much different, at least we planned in capturing a, “WOW,” in the overall final look of the project in which to draw people to the site. Mid-November is the 10 month mark of the contract to begin construction. It has taken a while but most good things always do. On behalf of the Foundation, thank you so very much for your support and our hopes for your continued support in moving the project to its final conclusion. Looking forward to the final reveal pictures of Phase-I in the next newsletter. Perhaps a late Christmas present?
On behalf of the Foundation, we wish you and yours a safe and joyous Thanksgiving!