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Chadron Forest Service Building upgrades progressing nicely

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Energy-efficiency renovations are steadily underway at the Forest Service office on Main Street.  Despite sporadic poor weather conditions and the government shutdown, engineers believe construction is on target.

Currently, earth berms around the building are being removed to add insulation to existing concrete walls.  Excess window space is being reduced and replaced with insulated walls.  The berms will be replaced in the spring with water wise, eco-friendly landscaping.  The completion of exterior walls will also be dependent on the arrival of warmer weather.

New roof insulation has been added to the entire building.  The geothermal well field has been drilled and installed, and the parking lot has been replaced where excavation occurred.  Installation of all mechanical equipment required to make the geothermal well field operational is in progress but not yet complete. 

Forest Engineer Vance Warren is "encouraged by the progress and excited to move back into our energy-efficient building." As reported before, the building will see an 80% increase in energy efficiency once all construction is completed.

Pine Ridge Ranger District and Supervisor's Office staff are still working in separate locations; district employees are working in the office building off of south Highway 385, and Supervisor's Office staff are working in the west wing of the Supervisor's office and temporary trailers.  Both locations are available to assist the public with their needs, questions and concerns.  Maps can be purchased at both locations; however, firewood permits may only be purchased at the Pine Ridge Ranger District office on south Highway 385.

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