Jackson Chamber congratulates Dahlem Conservancy on Ribbon Cutting

Posted at 3:45 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 16:17:42-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the Dahlem Conservancy on their Ribbon Cutting on Friday, August 16. The event took place at 7117 S Jackson Rd, Jackson, MI 49201 from 12 P.M. to 1 P.M. Following the Ribbon Cutting, attendees enjoyed touring the updated facility and a reception with refreshments and cake.

The Dahlem Conservancy celebrated the completion of Phase 1 of the Dahlem 2020 Initiative. Phase 1 consisted of adding a new family friendly restroom for the public, installing a new dedicated restroom for the Little Acorn preschool students in their classroom, and modernizing the two existing restrooms. The cost of the project was $100,000 and was made possible in part by grants totaling $44,000 from the Pat and Phil Willis Foundation, Speckhard-Knight Foundation and the Addison P Cook III Foundation. The balance came from Dahlem’s operating fund demonstrating Dahlem’s belief and investment in the future.

R W Mercer Company was the general contractor for the project. Jason Covalle was the architect for the project. The electrical contractor was Hirst Electric Company, and the plumbing contractor was Barton Plumbing and Heating. Additional contractors were Ajax Heating and Air Conditioning who did the HVAC work, Brauns who did the flooring, and painting by Murry. All the contractors are from Jackson County.

“I want to thank Pat and Phil Willis, Maureen Knight, and Addison P Cook III for their generous donations who made this project possible. The Phase 1 project of Dahlem 2020 started in 2016 as a vision to upgrade our facilities. It is very gratifying to see a dream come to fruition. Phase 1 was driven by concern for the safety of our Little Acorn students and the comfort of our visitors. Our teachers no longer have to leave the classroom to guard their students on restroom breaks as they did when the students and public shared the same facilities. The new restroom is outfitted with child friendly fixtures making restroom breaks easier on everyone. The contractors, all from the Jackson County area, worked on a very tight schedule completing the project in four weeks just in time for the start of school. Special thanks to Mercer employees Mike Bullinger, Project Manager and Craig Dahlem, Construction Superintendent.” said Ben Dandrow, Executive Director of the Dahlem Conservancy.

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit association of businesses and non-profits, committed to strengthening their businesses and the Jackson Community. With a proud history reaching back to 1909, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce supports its members through promotion, advocacy, collaboration, networking events and education.

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