The Walls Are Up!
ByJune, anyone passing the Darlington Schoolhouse could see the expanded building taking shape.
Other progress in recent months:
- Crawl space in both the existing building and addition has been completed;
- Structural steel frame has been installed to reinforce the chimney on both the first and second floors;
- Installation of both the electrical cables and installation of the sprinkler system has begun;
- Select trees were downed to make way for the addition and designed landscape;
- Footings, concrete foundation, and framing have been finished for the new addition ;
- The water main and sleeves for geothermal piping have been stubbed through the foundation.
Native fieldstone removed from the boiler room and garage were stockpiled to build a dry stone, free standing wall on site later. Black locust, maple, and ash trees were set aside for future use, such as benches.
While transforming the historic schoolhouse into our modern headquarters, we are working in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Properties. We are also working to create an energy efficient building with a minimal carbon footprint.
The landscape around the building—designated the Riparian Restoration Landscape and Wood Turtle Habitat in early stages—has been formally renamed the Grzybowski Preserve. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, world-renowned environmental sculptor George Trakas has been engaged to design the nature preserve.
Trakas is known for his artistic transformation of a water treatment plant at Newtown Creek, the design of Beacon Point in Beacon, NY, and many other locations.
Please call the Trail Conference office at 201-512-9348 for any construction questions or ways to volunteer at the Darlington Schoolhouse.