Expansion is taking place at the Springbrook Nature Center. The project is to renovate the building in order to expand and the design has been approved by the Fridley City Council members partnering with Partner & Sirny Architects.
This approval took place on December 8th and the bonding bill passed this year included $5 million for improvements at the Fridley Springbrook Nature Center. The expansion design includes expanding education, using “green” technology and increasing park visitation. Here is a look at the expansion design approval for Springbrook Nature Center.
The SPRING project, which stands for Sanctuary Protection and Renewal into the Next Generation” includes expanding educational opportunities, using “green” technology and increasing park visitations. The funding for the project won’t be used for several years.
They want to make a seven-acre entrance area, replace the old picnic shelter with a modern picnic pavilion with water, grills and restrooms, plus construct a celebration plaza nearby for memorial services and community events.
In addition, they’ll use the funds for construction an outdoor amphitheater, five outdoor classrooms, expansion of the parking lot and to add on to the interpretive center building by tripling it in size. The most expensive use of the funds will be including solar cells on the roof and the use of geothermal energy.
The SPRING project committee interviewed architectural firms last November to find the right company for the Springbrook Nature Center interpretive building. Partners & Sirny were chosen unanimously to be the architects and engineers for the project. The architects will also provide civil, structural, landscape architecture, interior design, plumbing, electrical design and fire protection for the interpretive building.
The $5 million state grant provided to Fridley for improvements on the Springbrook Nature Center will cover the costs of the design services. The fees for design services are 8% based on $4.5 million in total construction. The total project is coming to $7.6 million.
Council members request the feedback of the public as well as the people working at the nature center to see what they like about what is there now and what they’d like to see happen.