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Durango Colorado March 12, 2010—Demolition in preparation for the Durango Discovery Museum’s Phase II remodel began February 25, 2010 at the Powerhouse. The work clears the space for interactive science exhibits in the Powerhouse and the Blockhouse—the project’s program, event, and office space. The planned interior demolition of the Blockhouse will be completed by Colarelli Construction with the assistance of several young men from the Rite of Passage (ROP) program.
Jay Koedam, program director at the Robert E. DeNeir Youth Center in Durango says, “We are excited about the opportunity at the DDM.” For 25 years, Rite of Passage has provided programs and opportunities for at-risk youth. They focus on measurable results. “We have two students taking their GEDs this week,” Koedam says. Creating environments, like Demolition Days at the DDM, encourages youth to make good choices, allowing them to make the transition from at-risk teens to goal-oriented young men and women.
Shawn Slater, local project manager of Colarelli Construction says, “Two youths began working on February 25, and two more started on March 8. Our goal is to give at-risk youth a chance to be successful. If they complete this project and the program at ROP, they may have an opportunity to work for Colarelli Construction or someone else in the community.”
Demolition Days marks the beginning of the museum’s Phase II project, which includes remodeling the Blockhouse and bringing heat, electricity, and plumbing to the Powerhouse, located at 1333 Camino Del Rio. Phase II also includes the creation of the interactive science center, education labs, workshops, event and program space, offices, and a river-facing public plaza around the existing smokestack; all are set to open in October 2010.
About the Discovery Museum
The Durango Discovery Museum, set to open in October 2010, will be a unique interactive museum where visitors can explore science and energy topics of all kinds. The museum will be an anchor for the north end of historic downtown Durango and a catalyst for revitalizing the city’s riverfront. Housed in the country’s oldest surviving coal-fired, steam-generated AC power plant, the museum's interactive discovery and science exhibits promise to “ignite curiosity, spark imagination, and power exploration.”