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North Dakota 4-H Camp update (10/1/2013)

The $1.9 million project to renovate the North Dakota 4-H Camp facilities near Washburn is under way. The project includes major upgrades to the three cabins and the dining hall, expanding outdoor camp program amenities and constructing a 4-H multipurpose  building. JLG Architects has been chosen to lead the project. Duane Hauck, emeritus Extension director, is serving as the lead contact for the project along with Chris Boerboom, Extension director; Jerry Iverson, N.D. 4-H Foundation Board of Directors; Kevin Matheson, assistant director, NDSU Ag Facilities; and Brad Cogdill, chair, Center for 4-H Youth Development; who are members of the building committee.

In addition to the building committee, a small group of other staff met with the architectural firm to participate in a pre-design meeting. A construction manager completed an on-site assessment and determined that the existing cabins and dining hall are all worthy of renovation. Based on the input from the pre-design meeting, JLG provided a draft of proposed cabin renovations back to the building committee and they requested some alterations. As anticipated, the renovations will result in a reduction of sleeping capacity due to ADA accessibility. Additionally, plans are to remove the showers from the existing cabins and consolidate them into a single shower facility as part of the new multipurpose building. JLG will also begin design of the 4-H multipurpose building. It is anticipated that bids for the project will take place around the end of the calendar year with awards announced in early 2014. The architectural firm is aware that the construction schedule could impact the 2014 camping season. The full impact of this will be better known once a more definitive renovation and construction timeline is determined.

Half of the funding for the renovation and construction project is in the NDSU Extension Service’s 2013-2015 budget approved by the Legislature and Governor. The other $950,000 is from individuals, organizations and corporations through the North Dakota 4-H Foundation’s Shape a New Destiny campaign.

Brad Cogdill, Chair, Center for 4-H Youth Development

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