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CL-2380 Work Session   Item #: 0.       
Meeting Date: 09/01/2020  
Subject:    Donation of Facility Improvements - Danville Science Center/Train Station
From: Michael Adkins

COUNCIL ACTION
Work Session:     09/01/2020
SUMMARY
The Danville Science Center wishes to formally donate the cost of recently completed renovations at the City's train station to the City of Danville.
BACKGROUND
During calendar year 2019, the Danville Science Center, Inc. paid for renovations at the City's train station located at 657 Craghead Street.  As this is a City-owned facility, Danville Science Center, Inc. would like to formally gift the value of the completed renovations to the City for accounting, audit, and insurance purposes.  The cost of the work totaled $699,375.75 and included architectural and design services performed by Dewberry, as well as the construction costs completed by Coram Construction.  

Between January 2019 and May 2019, the Danville Science Center completed the necessary renovations in order to install a new young learner’s gallery as well as restore the cosmetic appearance, efficiency and functionality of the building to better align with the Science Center’s intended usage.  Among several key elements of the historic restoration, the lobby, which also serves as the Amtrak waiting room, was restored back to its original condition, creating an elegant and historically accurate space for both visitors to the Science Center and to Danville, by way of Amtrak, to use and appreciate as the historic building it is.  
 
Several energy efficient enhancements were included in this project as well.   Lighting was converted to LED while preserving fixtures original to the building. The doors and windows received weather stripping accurate to the original construction period.  The result of this project is a beautifully restored, more efficient and functioning facility, that highlights the historic significance of the Railway while preserving it for generations to come.   
RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that the proposed donation of renovations to the property be accepted.

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