New Center Construction
Preliminary construction plans for a 3600 square foot building include an educational center, hospital, surgical suite, administrative offices, expanded gift shop and storage.
Educational center will include: static displays such as nests, fossils and artifacts; an area to display information on local events, vendors and tourist attractions in the County, a space to provide classroom-type educational presentations and monitors displaying behind the scene observations of patients and residents in treatment.
• Hospital will boast an increased size and layout that adds an isolation space for contagious wildlife and an area for baby birds and mammals.
• Surgical suite will contain updated equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment of wildlife and would be larger than the current area.
• Administrative area will house offices, meeting/board room and a small break room for staff and volunteers.
• Gift Shop will be larger than the current space and will enable more inventory to be stored on site and financially contribute to the support of the Center.
• Storage area will include a walk in refrigerator/freezer for perishable items and secure containers for dry food items.
A larger footprint will enable a redesign of the environment of the Center. Native plantings will be incorporated in the overall design along with benches for visitors. Plantings that are used for privacy will be incorporated around the perimeter of the Center. These plantings may include coco plums, buddleia davidii (butterfly bushes), costus barbatus (spiral red ginger) etc. Using Florida native and friendly shrubs will provide colorful natural boundaries to hide fencing and create privacy for the resident wildlife.
PRWC has launched an aggressive marketing campaign now that a permanent location has been established. It is estimated that it will cost approximately $1,500,000 to rebuild. To achieve this goal, the Center has established relationships with Charlotte Community Foundation, Herston Engineering, ADG Architecture Inc., Towles Corp. of SW Florida and the Bureau of Tourism for Charlotte County. PRWC will seek support from private, public and corporate grants and foundations as well as local philanthropists and the general public. Membership drives and social media campaigns are other tools that will be employed.
Construction of the new Center is scheduled to begin in May 2019.