The Badlands Community Facility took a jump forward as another community partner pledged its support for the construction.
“For us it is about supporting the communities where we live and work and being able to find ways to give back to something that is going to be sustainable and is going to help the prosperity of this community,” said Smith.
Members of ATB management were able to see the site in Downtown Drumheller and review the recent progress. All of the pilings are in place, and crews are in the process of capping each of the foundation piles. A load of rebar was being delivered on this day allowing crews to continue working on the foundation.
Smith says the facility will be a boost to local businesses. The facility makes Drumheller a more attractive place to live and work.
“It’s about how do we help a community that wants to draw, retain and attract great people, and how do we become a partner in that?” said Smith. “This is just a great opportunity for us to do that.”
He adds not only does the company like to get involved financially, but also through its employees such as Tony Lacher and Drumheller ATB Branch manger Lisa Kluck who are supportive as volunteers.
The first phase of the Badlands Community Facility is slated to be up and running this coming summer. It includes a new public library, field house, meeting and conference facilities. The entire project has a fundraising goal of $12 million.