Thanks to the support of so many, $200,000 was raised to name the Doctor James Brester Animal Treatment Room within the new shelter. Community members worked hard to raise $80,000, which was matched by the Howard Hughes Passthrough Fund at the Brown County Community Foundation with an additional $120,000 toward the naming opportunity.
Megan Gushwa, development manager for the Brown County Humane Society says, “We are ecstatic to be able to make this announcement and share the great news with everyone who made this possible. From all of us at the humane society, as well as Doc Brester and his family, thank you.”
With the $200,000 for the Dr. Brester challenge, the total raised for the new shelter building stands at $3,086,081 of the $3.2 million goal.
Groundwork is expected to begin in spring of 2020.
Here is latest update on progress, both with fundraising and with the actual building project.
o Updated total raised: $2,807,928 in pledge
o Updated total received to-date: $2,043,095
We are exploring every potential of giving to meet our goal of $3.2 million. Recently, we have requested funds from:
– County Council as well as the Town Council.
– Grants through several local and national Foundations
– Tabling at the County Courthouse during October
– Meeting one-on-one with potential donors
– Public mailings and emails to past supporters, adopters, government employees as well as others connected with BCHS
The Building Process
– Land survey and title work are complete
– Engineers, BCHS representatives and County officials met to discuss state application process, building permits, septic, HVAC systems and building site prep.
– Currently working on wrapping up the Design Development Phase, which includes floorplans, finishes, mechanical systems, etc.
– The next phase will be to complete construction documents needed to put the project out for bidding to contractors.
– Once those are complete, builders can be hired and construction can begin
The Big Question – when will you see dirt moving?
At this time, unfortunately, we do not have a firm answer. We want to ensure we are being diligent in completing each step fully. We are not able to move dirt until the contractors are hired, which cannot happen until construction documents are complete. Everything is moving along, it just takes time to complete each step.
What you can do to help us meet our goal
Our biggest request is to spread the word about our campaign with everyone you know. In order to hit our goal, we need to reach everyone willing to hear our message. That is where you come in!
– Like our capital campaign Facebook page (Unleash Brown County) and share any posts from that page
– Send emails to friends and family with information about our campaign
– Host a party at your house to promote our campaign. A BCHS board or staff member will help you plan the evening and attend to share details with your guests. Call Megan at (317) 946-8235 to learn more.
Preliminary drawings have been completed for the Topographic Survey.
The architect and the BCHS committee are working on the design development phase. This requires making decisions about what types of doors, locks, drains, windows, kennel gates, cleaning methods, number and location of power outlets, and every other internal element, will be used. Each decision requires thought about functionality, health, safety, efficiency, and cost.
For example, an upcoming planning session will focus on the 46 doors needed for the shelter.
On June 14, 2019 the project team met with the engineers and county officials to review all current plans for the building.
On June 15th, 2019 the team met with the architect to begin planning the interior details, including reviewing options for all of the materials, finishes and hardware, placement of doors and windows, equipment, etc.
On June 1, the Brown County Humane Society announced the public phase of the capital campaign fundraising effort to build the new shelter building.
Of the $3,200,000 fundraising goal, $2,667,948 has currently been pledged. That leaves $532,042 still to be raised. Over $400,000 in matching funds are still available for individual donations from the Werling Charitable Foundation.
News of the building project was featured in the Brown County Democrat and on Fox59.
As the capital campaign gets ready to roll out to the public on June 1, the project team held a conference call with major donors to provide details about the current state of the project.
The Geotechnical and Property surveys have been completed and the Septic documents have been submitted to the state of Indiana.
The Architectural and Engineering Services documents have been signed and submitted to the architect.
These services include:
- Schematic Design (building code research; revised drawings if needed; 3-dimensional model of the building; working with the civil engineer)
- Design Development (more detailed drawings including finishes; details of mechanical, plumbing and electric systems; site plan elevations and grading)
- Construction Document Phase (prepare documents for bid; review and receipt of approval from Brown County building official for permitting)
Once that is complete, we will move into the Construction Bidding phase and then into Construction.
Mason Foundation awarded a $4,000 grant to the Capital Campaign to help with the updating of the needs assessment survey. The survey was required to begin plans for the new facility.
South Central Indiana REMC awarded two separate $2,000 grants for the Capital Campaign project. One grant is to help with architect fees and the other will help with the geotechnical survey that was completed on the soil.
The Brown County Community Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to help cover fees associated with the architect for the Capital Campaign project.
The Smithville Charitable Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Brown County Humane Society capital campaign to match donations from businesses in Brown County and surrounding areas.
As of this date, funds are still available to match donations. If you would like to make a business donation, contact Megan Gushwa at 317-946-8235 or email email@example.com