Once upon a time (in late 2016) we wrote a blog post on our plans to update our facilities during 2017, including our Bathhouse. Well we made huge strides (these things take time, you know), and are now ready to provide you with an update on where we are going on the Bathhouse portion for summer 2018.
Our Facilities Director, Garrett O’Dell, worked hard to get several permits and qualifications this year. First, he took the test to become a general contractor, and he passed! Congrats Garrett — you’re awesome!
So now we have our very own general contractor at Camp Alleghany for Girls. That, we love!
>As for the permits on the Bathhouse, as Garret explains it,
We had to get two septic permits. Those were the easy ones.
We had to get a floodplain elevation certificate prior to anything. Once we had it we could proceed with the building permit.
After the building inspector reviewed the floodplain certificate, septic permits, building plan, and structural design, we were issued a floodplain building permit.
That final building permit was the one we were worried about. We’d heard that it could go either way — that they could say awesome, this looks good, here’s your permit, you’re all set! (which is what happened). Or they could say we need to see more, “you need to do XYZ before we issue the permit,” etc. So we were a little nervous going into that final step.
But it worked out and we’re all set to go!
Breaking New Ground
It was actually during Family Camp that we fund out that got the permit, so we decided to have a little Groundbreaking Ceremony and invite all the Family Campers to join us. Many are alums or long-time Family Campers, so knowing a new Bathhouse was in the works was just as exciting for them as it would be for campers and counselors.
We met for the “grand ceremony” directly behind the current New Johns, where the new Bathhouse will be located.
Garrett brought a few shovels, and Mini Camp Director (and alum and long-time family Camp devotee) Beth Anne Clark-Thomas wrote a poem to read to commemorate the event.
Each of us read a few lines of the poem, and Camp Director Sam Dawson and I ended it with an explanation of what the building would look like. Here’s the poem for those of you who weren’t there:
“It’s a mighty fine day,” Miss Daisy would say,
As she cleaned our old showers and Johns back in the day.
Then, we had hand-washed curtains in every stall,
And plenty of room for one and for all.
Those facilities are now dated as we’ve grown quite a lot,
The shower stalls are limited and the plumbing’s all shot.
Today we’ll break ground on this spot, so let’s cheer,
For a modern bath and shower house…coming next year!
Miss Daisy and her successors would most certainly say,
“Yes ma’am, yes ma’am, it’s a mighty fine day!”
A Mighty Fine Day
Yes, it is a mighty fine day…and this new bath and shower house will be a bright addition to our facility.
We’ve worked hard in recent years to enhance many of our facilities, while being ever mindful of Camp Alleghany’s unique and rustic setting.
Balancing rustic appearance with modern and safe structures has been an intentional goal as we have continued to upgrade and expand the ” home away from home” for our increasing enrollment of Mini, Term, and Family Campers.
The new bath and shower house, designed by our own licensed contractor Garrett O’Dell, will include 40 toilets, 40 showers, a private family bathroom (a.k.a. the Lounge), and potentially a few more features which will be determined as we get into the project.
We were so excited to celebrate with Family Campers this summer with the official groundbreaking of our newest enhancement to “the camp we all love best!”
Garrett also had the floor plans with him and invited anyone who wanted to view them to come look. Everyone in attendance was equally impressed.
So now what?
Well, Garrett explains that now the site work has begun — his team has made significant progress since this summer’s groundbreaking ceremony. They’ve done lots of technical stuff like excavation, footers, rebar, drainage, and concrete, as well as materials acquisition.
We’re hoping for a dry fall so that our crew can finish and get everything accomplished. We’ll keep everyone updated as we make progress.
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls