Thursday, August 31, 2017

Construction Update- FINAL UPDATE

Friends of Scouting,

As we come to a close on the Scout Shop Renovation, we can say that we are at 99.8 percent completion!  Some minor issues are being worked but for the most part, we are done!

We would like to invite everyone to our open house and rededication on October 3 from 5pm to 7pm with the rededication ceremony starting at 6pm.  There will be food and drink available so please stop by and check out your Scout Service Center!  Formal invitations will go out in the next few weeks.

We hope you enjoyed following this year long journey on this blog and we thank you for your patience as we worked through the dust and dirt, noise, vibrations, smells, and sometimes total craziness but we know that you will be thrilled at what you will see.

Blogmaster Scotto

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Construction Update

Main foyer
Friends of Scouting,

It's been almost a month since the last blog was posted because things were changing so fast around here!  We are happy to say that we are in full operation (Scout Shop and Offices) and about 97 percent completed.  The subcontractors are working hard to be done by mid next week and we will be excited to see them done!!  I must say these folks have been a real pleasure to get to work with and to form a working relationship that's not typical between an owner and a contractor.  They have gone above and beyond for us and we are thrilled.

The next blog post should hopefully tell you we are done!  We plan on having an open house/ribbon cutting/rededication in about 6 weeks or so, so watch for that on the web site-

Outside Patio Area

Happy Scouting!
Blogmaster Scotto

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Construction Update

Friends of Scouting,

We are almost done with the renovation!  We think about another week or so, the contractor should be done, at least with the inside portion.  There are still some work being done on the outside patio area, landscaping etc.  We have been closed all week so we could move the Scout Shop from the temporary warehouse location to the renovated Scout Shop.  You will be impressed with the new look and excitement it creates for the shopper!  The ladies have done a tremendous job and very long hours getting it ready to open Monday morning at 830am.  Thank you for your patience as well through this process.

As things happen next week, be aware of any parking lot changes (entry and exit), certain doors being locked (look for signs to get in), and other things happening around the area.  We want you to be safe!!

Scout Shop Counter

Patio with Gas Fire Pit

Scout Shop Display Counter

Scout Shop

Plaque mounted above the Fireplace in the Scout Shop

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Construction Update

Friends of Scouting,

We will be closing the Scout Shop next week, Monday through Friday to move the shop back to its original location.

If you need any items such as advancements, clothing etc, you must get them this week.  We will not be able to make any sales as the computer system will be down and items will be in boxes.

Look for pictures soon!

Blogmaster Scotto

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Construction Update

Friends of Scouting,

What an awesome few weeks since the last blog posting!  We are ALMOST done with the renovation and we are excited every time we take a tour.  The bathrooms are 98 percent complete, the conference room has carpet down and ceiling tiles/lights installed.  The Scout Shop is going to be amazing for our customers.  The new counters, fireplace, tiles, and rock work are almost finished.  The outside entrance doors are installed and soon, they will be pouring the slab of the new patio.  You will be totally impressed by this area.  Below are a few pictures with more to come soon.
New doors

New Counter to the Scout Shop

Conference Room (East end)


Entrance to the Scout Shop

Happy Scouting!

Blogmaster Scotto

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Construction Update

Friends of Scouting,

After several weeks since the last blog post, we are happy to report that the Scout Service Center should be completed around early June! 

The outside patio area is in work with the 12 columns being bricked with stone accents.  Why 12?  There are 12 points of the Scout Law and these represent those points! 

Inside, the bathrooms are finished and new outside entrance doors have been installed.  Glass is going in, ceiling grids are ready for tiles, and the beautiful display cases and new reception counters are being installed. 

What is really impressive is the cedar wood columns and gorgeous paneling that will stand out to all visitors.

We are anxiously awaiting completion and we, as always, appreciate your patience as we provide our customers (you) a great place to accomplish scouting business.

Outside patio area

Cedar panels

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Construction Update

Friends of Scouting,

Lots of progress at the Scout Office over the past few weeks.  The parking lot is ready to be asphalted. The new Air Conditioning/Heating units are in, the Scout Shop area is coming together nicely, and the bathrooms are being tiled!

The new ceiling grid and tiles are going up this week and the walls have the initial coat of paint and texture.  Even the new security cages are installed!

We are looking at the end of May before we are ready to make the move and we can't wait to show this place off!

New patio area (we saved the tree!)

Parking lot

More parking lot!

Framing for the new patio

First concrete pour

Friday, March 31, 2017

Construction Update

Friends of Scouting,

This week has been very productive.  The new Air Conditioning/Heating Units are installed and new duct work is taking place.  Both restrooms have been demolished and the plumbers are heard at work remodeling them (they will now be ADA).  A few of the display cases are installed and we are anxiously waiting for the Millwork (carpenters) to finish building all the cabinets.  If you drive by, you will see that the parking lots on the east side is no longed there.  Grant Construction has removed the asphalt and all the concrete that will be replaced soon.

We are anticipating a mid-May completion and we are ready!

New wall mounted toilets will be attached to the plumbing in this picture

Plumbing connections

Display cases

New Fireplace area

Outside dirtwork

Old patio area (we are leaving the tree!!)

Happy Scouting.

Blogmaster Scotto

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Construction Update

Friends of Scouting!

What two weeks can do in a renovation!.  Last week while many of us were enjoying Spring Break, the contractors were working hard tearing out the old.  The main area where the Scout Shop was, the counter, the walls, dressing rooms, and the bathrooms have been totally removed.  The pavement on the west side has been repaved and is open for parking.  The building has now spayed on insulation which will help us keep our heating and air conditioning bills down. 

I have included many pictures of what this past week brought us- enjoy and thanks for your ongoing support and patience.

Old entrance to the Scout Service Center

Men's Bathroom

Ladies Bathroom

Part of the Conference Room

Ceiling with the new sprayed-on insulation

Entrance to the offices

Happy Scouting!
Blogmaster Scotto

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Construction Update

Friends of Scouting,

Well, the day finally came last week and we have moved into our new offices!  It's great to be back and enjoying the new look and have a little privacy to do business.  The Scout Shop has also moved into their temporary area which is located in the warehouse.  You may soon be entering in the north door which is the warehouse main door to do any business with the Scout Shop or Staff.  We will let you know as best we can as we rely on the Contractors to give us the time lines.

The North parking lot has been repaved and looks great.  The stripping will take place in the next day or so and then we will have you park in that area as we close of the south side.

We have our new phone system now and we are still learning all about it.  If for some reason, you get disconnected, please call us back because we probably hit the wrong button!  This too will pass.

We anticipate the end of April before being completely done so again, please bear with us as we try to conduct business in a friendly and professional manner with little inconvenience to you as possible.

New pavement

Used to be the Scout Shop Counter area

The Scout Shop- gutted

Old carpet coming out

Happy Scouting!

Blogmaster Scotto


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Construction Update

Friends of Scouting,

We are almost done with Phase 1 of the renovation!  Furniture has been placed, flooring is finished, and we've started some initial moving of items.

We are excited that the west parking lot has lots of ADA upgrades and will soon have new asphalt.  Once that's done, visitors will be able to park on the west side as we close the east side for renovation.

Soon, we will be switching our phone system to Voice over Internet which will allow us better customer service.  Once this takes place, there maybe a phone outage but we will try to give everyone some notice of this.  In addition, the Scout Shop will close for 2 days to move that operation from the current location to the new warehouse located in the new area of the building.  This will only be temporary so bear with us.  We will announce that closing as soon as we know.  Please plan ahead and CALL before coming to the Shop.  We will not be able to do any business during this window.

Staff Break Room

Production Room

District Executive Work Area

Mid-size Conference Room

Part of the Warehouse Storage Area

Happy Scouting!
Blogmaster Scotto


Friday, February 3, 2017

Construction Update

Friends of Scouting,

Progress is well underway!  The west parking lot has been torn up as well as some of the sidewalks.  They will be replaced next week.  It's a very interesting process that's been exciting to watch. 

The Carpet has finally arrived and is about 75 percent installed.  It's a beautiful color and will match perfectly with the walls etc.  The doors have also arrived and are being stained at this moment!  They will be ready to hang sometime early next week.

The IT Company has completed their portion of work by running and terminating all the new data and phone lines.  We will be getting new phones (Voice over IP) which use the Internet to operate.  These are high tech products that will help us connect you, our great volunteers, with our staff in a timely manner!

Our new furniture should be installed the week of Feb 13th if all goes well and we should move over to the renovated area the following week.

Parking lot renovation

New doors being stained

Happy Scouting!
Blogmaster Scotto

Monday, January 23, 2017

Construction Update

Friends of Scouting!
wall colors,
We have seen some progress over the past two weeks.  The new Counters and Cabinets are all in (see photo).  The main flooring is installed but we are waiting for the carpet to come in.  That along with the new doors are expected to be done the first week of February.

If you drive by after today, you will see that the west parking lot has been removed as well as most of the concrete.  The contractor will be repaving the entire lot but will do one side now and the other when Phase 2 of the project begins around mid February.

Our new furniture has arrived in Amarillo but we are waiting for Phase 1 to be done and we are allowed to move.

We've been making lots of decisions as of late as to wall colors, floor patterns, some security issues, and other areas of concern.  This is a huge undertaking and all decisions are being made with Scouts and volunteers in mind.  We think you will be really impressed when you see the final product.

We will ask for your patience once we move back to our "new" area.  The Scout Shop will undertake the biggest part of the move as we relocate them to the new warehouse and set up to continue to meet your needs.  We may be closed for a day or two to get ready but we will announce any plans ahead of time to try to limit the inconvenience.

Look for more soon!

Volunteer work area with High Speed Internet

Grant Construction removing asphalt and concrete from west side

Happy Scouting!
Blogmaster Scotto

Friday, January 13, 2017

Construction Update

Hello Friends of Scouting!

We hope you had a great holiday and are ready to get back to Scouting!!!!

Lots of construction has taken place since the last post.  The new flooring in the hallway and main business area has been installed.  The paint is all done throughout the new areas.  The heaters are installed in the Warehouse and all the security systems are back working.

We have a new water heater that actually puts out hot water and the biggest item that is really noticeable is the new building has new stonework that matches the existing stonework that's been on for 30 plus years.

We are looking at the first week of February to be done with Phase 1 and we are looking forward to that!

Main business area with the two new offices on the right

The District Executive Office area

New Water Heater

New IT Room

Happy Scouting!
Blogmaster Scott