WOLFEBORO — Construction at Makers Mill at 23 Bay St. in Wolfeboro, has rounded a corner and is on track to wrap up early in the new year.
Sheetrock is on the walls, the building is weather-tight, windows have all been installed, plumbing, electric, and insulation inspections have been approved, the sprinkler system is in, elevator shaft is ready for the LULA, and believe it or not, painters are starting their first coat of primer this week. Progress has been steady since construction began this spring and the timeline has stayed more or less on track, despite the inevitable curveballs along the way. The majority of the work is due for completion by the year’s end, leaving a short punch list in the new year before a certificate of occupancy will be sought, positioning Makers Mill to open the first dedicated Community Makerspace & Vocation Hub in Carroll County.
If you have been following Makers Mill, formerly known as Global Awareness Local Action, then you know this project didn’t happen overnight. After a decade of local sustainability programming, the last three years have been dedicated to visioning, planning, and fundraising to bring Makers Mill to life. The forthcoming Makerspace will house a wood shop, metal shop, Fablab, spaces for fiber arts, fine arts, jewelry making, AV & IT, as well as multipurpose studio and meeting spaces.
“Watching this vision come to life has been surreal to say the least,” shares Makers Mill Executive Director, Josh Arnold, who helped found the organization nearly 15 years ago. “I got pretty emotional the other day when I walked up to the second floor to see the sheetrock on the walls for the first time. I couldn’t help but think of all the people who’ve contributed to making this a reality, whether it was money or time, or more often both, I was overcome by gratitude for all it has taken to get this far, and giddy with excitement for what’s to come.”
By summer, the rough-in electrical and plumbing, by Progressive Electric and Online Plumbing respectively, was well underway. Master Roofers took advantage of a nice stretch of August weather to re-roof the large 60’x60’ section of the building that included new dormers. John Carter Sprinker fabricated an impressive sprinkler system that received all the necessary blessings from the Wolfeboro Fire Chief, Thomas J. Zotti. Revision Energy was also onsite during the summer months to install racks for the solar panels that should arrive on-site any day.
With construction on track, Makers Mill staff and board are shifting focus to operational plans and logistics. A team of approximately 30 volunteer Makers Mill “Pilots” will be working together over the winter to build shelves, move in and test tools, writing safety policies and training curriculum, and plan for a summer 2022 opening to the public. There is an extensive tool wish list, to which Makers Mill has launched a Tool-Kitty Fundraiser to raise funds for tools and equipment for the new shop spaces. Contact Josh or Carol at email@example.com or 603-569-1500 or visit www.makersmill.org to learn more and stay connected.