While the music-making (and some of the staff) may have taken a long REST during the month of August, if you visited Caramoor you may have been surprised at how busy things are.
On the Monday following the Summer Season finale — July 29 — work began on the comprehensive campus revitalization plan being undertaken as part of Inspire: A Campaign for Caramoor’s Future. From now through June 2020, Caramoor will transform from (heavy equipment) Caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.
Caramoor is fortunate to be partnering with Andron Construction on this project. Andron has worked with Caramoor in the past, including our last capital campaign to build the bathrooms at the Venetian Theater in 1997. Their project foreman is onsite full-time and is headquartered at the temporary project trailer installed behind the Rosen House. We are also continuing our relationship with Pecord Excavating and Contracting Corp., the company which did much of the excavation work on the east end of campus earlier this year.
Pecord is currently working down the spine of campus — Center Walk — laying conduits for electrical and data lines and installing concrete bases for lighting features. The upgrade to our electrical system will provide better lighting for our walkways and open up opportunities for future evening activities.
Other work has included:
Moving and storing the four 5-foot copper pineapples from Friends Field while work is underway.
Creating a temporary connecting road through Foxes Field to park safely away from construction work and to access The Rosen House parking lots;
Removing a number of trees near Foxes Field, Friends Field, and the Venetian Theater (Don’t worry, we are planting new trees and re-landscaping in the spring!);
If you plan to visit Caramoor soon, please pay attention to caution tape, orange cones, metal barricades, and signs as access to some buildings may be temporarily rerouted. You may see a lot of survey markings in spray paint for utilities, on various trees, or hard-scaping as part of ongoing landscaping.
We’ll be keeping you updated via our weekly e-blasts [sign up here!], the “Planning your Visit” emails, and through our various social media channels [Facebook, Twitter, Instagram]. Look for fun updates from the Pecord Excavating Instagram account too, as the work continues to steam ahead!
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Some of the skills that pay the bills, whirlwind of a week so far over at @caramoor getting footings dug for wall, electrical trenches and subbase in for pavers. Finally making some progress…. It’s not always pretty or goes the way we want it to but that’s what it’s like running a small business, the ups and the downs but at the end of the day we are over here building something that we are proud of!
Email Inspire@caramoor.org for more information about ways you can help.