By the end of this year The Workshop will have a new kitchen, meeting space, a family bathroom and much-needed storage. “We’re building something durable. We’re maintaining the integrity and legacy of the place while creating a hub for the community that is innovative and sustainable, based on a site that was a working farm for the state regional center with a history we want to honor. At the same time, we’re creating a modern space that keeps the character of agrarian heritage,” says Sandeen.
Part of Prairie Loft’s goal is to be a hub for learning and enhancing community. The third and final phase of the organization’s capital project will help them achieve that goal. By 2020 Sandeen projects they will have completed renovation of the remaining areas of The Workshop to include an enhanced lobby space and a large meeting area for the community.
Sandeen is mindfully balancing the commitment to build a durable and sustainable space that honors the location’s agrarian past while creating a modern, functional space to host future visitors and nature-enthusiasts.
“There is a huge amount of excitement about what this place is going to be,” says Sandeen.