New educational building dedicated at Rediscovery Forest
Monday, July 7, 2014
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
After two years of planning, fundraising and construction, the new Discovery Pavilion at the Oregon Garden Rediscovery Forest is complete.
The 1,300-square-foot open-air structure is a showcase of Oregon wood products and will allow expanded forest education programs for students and adults who visit the demonstration forest inside the Oregon Garden near Silverton.
About 140 people – including project partners, pavilion donors and other guests – gathered Oct. 2 at the Discovery Pavilion for its dedication. World-class materials, skilled craftsmanship and generous resources helped to create this legacy for the community.
At the dedication ceremony, Julie Woodward, Forest Education Program Manager for the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI), celebrated the project and asked each of the project partners to talk about the collaborative effort and the community support the project received.
“I dedicate the building today to those who had a vision over 80 years ago to plant the trees that became the very pillars of the building – and to the next 80,000 students we invite to explore the trails, peek under the logs and walk through these doorways to rediscover Oregon’s forests and all the benefits they provide this state,” Woodward told the crowd. “A sincere thank you to each of you for being part of this story.”
In all, $250,000 was raised for the pavilion – in cash, materials and in-kind services. Among the Oregon wood products on display are glulam beams donated by Rosboro in Springfield; 10-by-10 posts from Hull-Oakes Lumber Co. in Monroe, and Eastern Oregon juniper cabinets from Neil Kelly and Sustainable Northwest Wood, to name a few.
OFRI led the project, with generous help from five partners:
• Oregon Garden Foundation
• Rich Duncan Construction
• Moonstone Hotel Properties, owner of Oregon Garden Resort
• Withers Lumber
“The SEDCOR Construction Alliance has appreciated being a part of this great team and leveraging our limited resources to accomplish something wonderful for Oregon’s timber industry for the future,” said Nick Harville, Business Retention and Expansion Manager at SEDCOR.
“John Gooley from Withers Lumber told us about the project initially. We held a monthly meeting here at the resort to talk about getting involved, then walked this site, and that very morning SCA members started dividing up work on the project. Rich Duncan Construction took on the general contractor role, K&E Excavating did the site and road work, Withers Lumber helped source the parts and wood products, as did Turner Lumber and many other generous SEDCOR members and OFRI partners.
Donors who gave $10,000 or more:
• Seneca Jones Timber Company
• Cascade Timber Consulting
• Weyerhaeuser Company
• Northwest Farm Credit Services
• K&E Excavating
“We are grateful for the many generous donors and partners who stepped up,” said OFRI Executive Director Paul Barnum. OFRI and Rich Duncan Construction received a public-private partnership award from SEDCOR earlier this year for the Discovery Pavilion project.
OFRI is a state agency created by the Oregon Legislature with a mission to advance public understanding of how forest stewardship meets social, environmental and economic needs of both present and future generations.