Busy Brains chose to accept the donation of the building at 130 Cedar Avenue in 2013 after conducting its own environmental testing to determine its suitability for use by families. The building was in need of a number of significant repairs due to lack of maintenance and disuse.
Initially, Phase 1 and 1a will occupy about 40% of the building to house exhibits, a gift shop, restrooms, eating area, private rooms for programs, classes and rentals, office space, storage space and a small workshop. The project is a multi-phase endeavor, timed for maximum efficiency and economy of construction as well as availability of funds and manpower.
Many of the initial repairs have been completed, including replacing the roof, masonry repairs, installation of a structural wall and reinforcing/repair of the bowstring trusses. The next phase will be to bring interior to white box condition. We anticipate much of labor cost to be offset by student laborers, donated labor, and other volunteer corps.
Tradespeople from all fields are needed: electrical, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, as well as general handy people. Donations of materials will also allow the process to move faster. Contact Heidi Alexander for more information.
Our local building architect is Korte Architecture.