The complex task of Building What Matters — a modern new Family Y facility — is proceeding very well. Since site-preparation work at our 32-acre Mahackeno campus began in late January, the land on which the 54,000 sq. ft. building will be situated has been transformed. Please click on this link to view a photo gallery
and read the latest update posted on our "Who, What, When -- and Y
" blog on westport-news.com.
Work crews are currently excavating the building site itself in preparation for the pouring of the concrete foundation. That phase of the construction project is expected to begin around March 27.
“Up until now, we’ve basically — and very carefully — been moving dirt around,” says Steve Halstead, a member of the Y’s Construction Committee. Mobilizing for the pouring of the foundation is “the major first step for the new building coming out of the ground,” says Halstead.
To Halstead, a veteran volunteer for other big construction projects in our community, there are four milestones involved: 1) Groundbreaking, 2) Foundation, 3) Roof erected to “close” the building, 4) Ribbon cutting. With the pouring of the concrete, “we’ll have our second milestone,” adds Halstead. “We’re right on schedule.”
In recent weeks, a limited number of guided tours of the site have taken place. A small group of Y staffers toured the site on March 8. Thursday, March 14, brought out a larger group of some of the community volunteers who lead the Y through their work on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. Additional tours are being scheduled.
For more information about the Y’s Building What Matters capital campaign
Below: The view from one of the massive dirt piles made from the excavation, which is stockpiled before being screened and separated into dirt and rocks to be re-used. View more photos by clicking here