Construction started on extension office expansion

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By Doug Ponder

Construction is underway at the LaRue County Extension Office in Hodgenville as they are adding around 2,000 square feet to their existing building for more meeting space.
The expansion will include a foyer area, hallway, an expandable partition wall and more meeting room space. Bids for contractors were accepted in the spring. Daniel Carpenter, LaRue County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, said locally owned and operated John Bell Construction received the bid for $253,493.
Carpenter said their current large meeting room will be increased by fifty percent and will also feature a movable wall that can divide the new meeting area when needed.
“There will be a hallway constructed separating the kitchen and bathrooms from the meeting room, Carpenter said. “There will also be a foyer area that will allow people to enter the building without disrupting an ongoing meeting.”
Misty Wilmoth, LaRue County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, said the LaRue County Cooperative Extension District Board has had an ongoing discussion about expanding the meeting room space.
“The expansion will also allow the use of two meetings rooms or one larger room. We are often booked with multiple meetings and often have to turn groups away because the space is already booked,” Wilmoth said. “I am excited to have more space for events such as our annual 4-H Awards Banquet. We are usually at capacity and would love to be able to invite our donors, as well as the award recipients.”
The original goal was to have construction completed by the end of this month. However, Carpenter said the project is set to be substantially done by the beginning of 2018.
Carpenter went on to say that the board currently plans to keep the same meeting room use policy, which only allows for educational meetings to be scheduled.