Delays in the construction of its main building are causing “enormous” problems for the Park Museum, its Board of Directors admitted recently.
At a public Q & A held Friday at the Ancient, Open-Air Theatre, the Board members said that the hold-up in the start of construction was due to the weather problems The Park experienced this Spring.
“These problems, which are all too familiar to those who reside in The Park, have caused a significant delay in the construction of the main building,” said Sukuta Rhinoceros, one of the founders of the Museum and a member of its Board.
“We had hoped to see that building nearing completion by now since, as it will be the largest space, it was our intention to warehouse our collection of artefacts there. It seems that that has become impossible. We have, therefore, initiated a search for storage facilities elsewhere. It is our hope that we will be able to find a space large enough within The Park, as it would be extremely difficult for us to ensure the collection’s security outside The Park,” he said.
Rhinoceros also confirmed that the Museum is currently in talks with The Park’s Builders’ Guild (Association of Professional Park Construction Workers) regarding an accelerated construction schedule.
“This is a delicate matter, due to the noise component and the fact that the estivation period begins in just a few weeks,” he said. “We have a very small window of opportunity to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are optimistic that the Guild will work with us on this,” he said.
When it is complete, the Park Museum will be the largest structure conceived and built in The Park since the establishment of zoocracy. Plans released at the Q & A show that the main building will be connected to the Museum’s other two buildings by an underground water tunnel. Green space surrounds the entire project at ground level and the roof of each building will offer nesting facilities in the Spring, Rhinoceros confirmed.
In response to questions regarding the Museum’s planned opening, Rhinoceros said he hoped the main building would be ready by the end of Autumn.
“If our main space is ready by the end of September, our planned opening will most certainly be a go. If there are further delays, we could be looking at an early Spring 2014 opening. But we are doing our best to avoid that,” he said.