By Fred Stabbert III
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes sat back in his seat last Wednesday night, looking his...
Construction is complete on state of the art foam insulation and new metal roofing at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, which houses dozens of educational programs for farmers, families, and young people.
As a result of ongoing capital campaign efforts underway since 2013, supporters have made it possible through monetary donations and in-kind services to begin making long term, sustainable infrastructure improvements. The roof and superinsulation, designed by architect Joseph Hurwitz, enhance the building and will last over 75 years.
Local craftsmen from Sullivan County, All County Insulation and Coatings and IRC International Contractors Incorporated, began work in April when the temperatures were still dipping into the 20s.
By the time spring finally broke, and with temperatures in the 90s, the crew of about 20 men worked tirelessly to complete one of the projects that will bring Extension through the next century. Because of their persistence and professionalism, CCESC did not have to suspend services to the public during construction.
Other supporters came together to make this effort a reality including Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and community members Phil Coombe Jr., and Jerry Skoda.
“It’s just so neat to see how people in Sullivan County get together to make things happen when there’s a need. We went from having a leaking roof in our classes, to having a state-of-the-art insulation and roofing system. When paired with a new HVAC system, it’s going to reduce our energy costs by more than 40 percent! The teamwork that went into this project really shows how much the community values the unique educational supports that Cornell Cooperative Extension provides for county residents,” said Colleen Monaghan, CCESC executive director.
Tax-deductible gifts can be made online at www.sullivancce.org. Checks should be made payable to
CCESC Capital Fund. Substantial contributions can be pledged and paid out over a number of years. More information can be obtained by calling 292-6180 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.