Ground breaking is tomorrow

Ceremony to mark start of Conference Center construction

— Submitted graphics The architect’s drawing of the new Briggs Woods Conference Center shows the orientation to the existing club house, pictured on the left. Ground breaking will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The official ground breaking ceremony for the new Briggs Woods Conference Center will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Briggs Woods Golf Course.

The ceremony marks the start of the $2.6 million construction project.

Two weeks ago, Peterson Construction of Webster City was awarded the contract for the construction of the conference center. The local firm turned in the lowest bid of $2,223,000 of the seven bids submitted for the project.

The single-story, 11,250-square-foot conference center will feature four conference rooms and a commercial kitchen. The flexible arrangement of the building will allow each conference rooms to be used independently or to be opened up to accommodate about 360 people.

The project has actually been in development for more than two years, Haman said. A large wedding tent used for some bigger events during the summer demonstrated the need for a facility that could seat larger groups. In the beginning, the conference center was going to be an addition to the existing clubhouse, according to Kelly Haman, special events coordinator for Briggs Woods Golf Course.

“But through fundraising and working with different community folks, the building grew and grew,” she said. “That’s when the project became more than just a Briggs Woods Golf Course project and more of a Hamilton County Conservation project. It’s a Hamilton County and community project now.”

As the ground is broken on the project, there are still funds to be raised to furnish and equip the building.

“We are looking to raise between grants and fundraising another $450,000,” Haman said. “I know that sounds like a big number but we feel comfortable with it given the opportunities that are out there.”