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Phase II Groundbreaking Ceremony

Work on Phase II of the Museum's Frisco construction project officially began today with a ceremonial groundbreaking at 10:00am.  The event was attended by over 150 guests, including Frisco city officials,  Museum stakeholders, and area business leaders. 

The Museum's CEO, Bob LaPrelle, addressed the crowd during a 30 minute presentation that included remarks from Hon. Maher Maso, mayor of Frisco, and William Blaylock, the Museum's Board Chair.  A special presentation was made by Collin County Commissioner Elect, Susan Fletcher.

At 10:20am, Museum Trustees, funders, members of the Frisco City Council and related agencies, turned the first spades of dirt on Phase II construction, followed by FCS Construction's bulldozer blading a line of stakes that will become roadbed for additional track. 

Today's groundbreaking was made possible in part by a generous contribution of in-kind services from Frisco-based FCS Construction.  The company will provide extensive grading of the 12.34 acre site to final elevations, as well as spread base material for track roadbed.  The base material, some 5,500 tons, is being generously donated by RPMx Construction.  Upon completion, the roadbed will allow for construction of ten exhibit tracks totaling 6,300 feet. 

Installation of the ten exhibit tracks comprises $1 million of the estimated $2.74 million cost of Phase II construction.  The City of Frisco, through its Community Development Corporation and Convention & Visitors Bureau has generously agreed to provide two challenge grants of $100,000 each toward track construction.  The Museum is currently raising matches toward these funds as well as the balance of Phase II total costs

Phase II construction also includes completion of an underground storm sewer network, installation of underground utilities, and paving of visitor walkways, viewing platforms, and main concourse.  Fundraising is ongoing for these aspects of Phase II construction. 

Our sincere thanks to the City of Frisco and all of the foundations, businesses, and individuals that made Phase I construction a reality, and kicked off Phase II.

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