|During the radiator removal in our office space, we discovered wood flooring under the carpeting.||Workers remove one of two old oil tanks. The Society converted its heating system from oil to gas several years ago.|
Preparation work has begun in advance of the construction of an elevator in the AFGS Franco-American Heritage Center. Last December the Society was awarded an $111,000 matching grant for the elevator from the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission.
The elevator will allow access to all three levels of the 19,000 square foot building. A campaign to raise the $111,000 match will begin soon.
Before the requests for proposal can be developed we decided to undertake removing two old oil tanks, disconnect radiators and move a hot water tank that were located where the elevator shaft will be constructed. The relocation of a portion of our fire alarm system will be completed in the next few weeks.
Architectural drawings are being completed and will be submitted to the state historical preservation commission for approval prior to seeking construction bids. Construction is expected to begin in late summer or early fall with completion in early 2018.