A message from DAWS Renovation Chair, Cheryl A. Rykowski
Last month we shared the exciting news that one of our renovation milestones was met thanks to Tary Tarlton and the Kenosia Construction team. We fully excavated the space for the brand-new kennel and clinic and poured the concrete footings and kennel foundation walls. These walls will provide better kennel insulation than traditional concrete block walls. Since then, the concrete work has been done for the kennel and the clinic, and the footings and foundation for the north, south, and east side of the existing building. Framing will soon follow so that we can close in the building and continue working throughout the winter. Check out our cool time-lapse video to see more.
This month’s DAWS renovation project update is a behind-the scenes story. The renovation committee has been hard at work finalizing some of the important systems and large purchases we’ll need for the renovated spaces throughout the building.
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A MESSAGE FROM OUR RENOVATION CHAIR
I’m thrilled to announce that our renovation project kicked off, officially, on March 3rd with a ceremonial groundbreaking attended by over 60 supporters, dignitaries, donors, volunteers, staff, and friends.
Our wonderful builder, Tary Tarlton of Kenosia Construction, and our talented architect, Lynne Persan, were on-site to update well-wishers on our plans to modernize the facility and make it an even better haven for dogs and cats on their journey to find a family.
While we initially thought we would need to complete the renovation in two phases, we were humbled and awed by a series of very generous donations that are allowing us to fully replace our kennels, and upgrade the rest of the building, in ONE phase! Our anticipated completion date for ALL work is June 2023 with resumption of services, back in our shelter, shortly thereafter.
I look forward to keeping you informed of our progress along the way. It’s going to be exciting…and we’re going to do so much MORE for the lovable, adoptable dogs and cats in our care, and in our community.
If you have already made a campaign contribution, thank you. If you are still considering a gift to support this project, there are many opportunities available. Please contact our Development and Marketing Director to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With kindest regards and deepest gratitude,
Cheryl A. Rykowski
Director Emerita and Renovation Chair, DAWS