Lime Hollow Nature Center Presents Plans For New Education Center
The Lime Hollow Nature and Education Center is moving forward with plans to develop a new outdoor education center, the new building will feature the latest in energy efficient construction and will be powered with solar panels.
Lime Hollow Executive Director Glen Reisweber presented sketch plans of the new education center to the Cortlandville planning board this week.
The 28 hundred square foot building would be located near the Nature Center’s visitors center on McLean Road.
The new building would replace the classroom space currently used by the BOCES Environmental Science program at the Tunison Fish Lab on Gracie Road.
The new education center is already under construction offsite, students with the Boces building trades program are constructing the building in two separate modules that will then be brought to the site and put together. This reduces building costs, gives those students real world hands on experience as well.
Reisweber says the building will be net zero energy efficient which means solar panels will provide more than enough power to offset the buildings energy usage.
The project is broken into the three phase, the first includes putting up the education building other improvements include a new on site sugar shack which can be used to demonstrate the maple sugaring process, the third phase includes a showering facility for the summer camp and a repair of the Gracie Pond dam. The total project will cost over $2.6 million dollars. Reisweber says so far half of that money has been raised including a $383 thousand dollar state grant that was announced in December.
Reisweber says the he plans to have the new building open and ready to transition the environmental science program by this coming September. The plans will come back to the planning board and then head to county planners for review before a final approval is issued.