K-Con is in the news again!
K-Con was previously awarded a project by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to build a Visitor Center and maintenance shop at Big Lake Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Centers at Bald Knob Refuge and Wapanocca Refuge. All locations are in Arkansas. The projects, funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, have been in the design phase and are now going vertical. The new facilities will feature an exhibit area, classroom, restrooms, offices, and meeting rooms. The primary purpose of the Visitor Centers is to be educational so that visitors can learn about the history of the refugees. Big Lake Refuge is 11,000 acres, which will likely encourage more visitation. Once a free-flowing river system, Big Lake NWR was changed to a lake/swamp ecosystem by the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12. http://www.fws.gov/biglake/
The buildings themselves will have the look and feel of a lodge with a natural stone facade and cypress siding. Several energy-saving features, such as solar panels and cisterns, will be incorporated. Jeremy Bennett, manager at Big Lake, and Joseph Pack, an equipment operator for the maintenance shop being built, were quoted in The Town Crier as delighted with the project thus far. K-Con’s team of Michael Orcutt, Project Manager, Ted Johnson, Superintendent, and Melissa Dodson, Administrator, are doing a top-notch job and are projecting completion in September of this year.