“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” This familiar saying, adapted from a line in the poem by Robert Burns called “To a Mouse,” aptly applies to our renovation of Duncan Lodge. Setbacks and delays are no strangers to construction projects, and we are facing some this spring. So here’s the latest Duncan Lodge update.
The original plan was to open the new kitchen and expanded dining facility by start of camp this summer. It was an aggressive goal and, it turns out, an overly optimistic one. We still have hopes to open by mid-July, but for our summer camping season we will retain the use of our mobile commercial kitchen.
The bidding process to complete the kitchen and dining area has taken longer than expected, with bids closing on April 14. It is hoped that work will commence before mid-May. The Board of Directors has authorized $850,000 for the work. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the job can be done for that amount and that the scope of work does not need to be modified. The kitchen will be done, no matter what.
Our properties team has not been sitting on their hands waiting for the bids to come in. Permitting has been completed, based on the work of our architectural and engineering firm. Preliminary items like permits, planning and design have been completed at a cost of about $98,000. Our in-house ranger resources accomplished the preliminary demolition of the kitchen and other areas in the lodge, to aid in the removal and remediation of asbestos floor tiles and the asbestos borne wall board in the refrigerator.
When completed it will be beautiful and functional, and worth the wait!!. We will offer periodic updates on progress at Duncan Lodge once the work is once again underway.