GREENWICH, Conn. – For scouts of the New York Branch of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization, their headquarters building – otherwise known as their “domivka” – is undergoing a critical transformation.
Work is now in full swing to renovate the building, located at 144 Second Avenue in New York City, from its former, outdated state to an efficient, aesthetically pleasing, code-compliant environment for hundreds of scouts, their families and guests.
Benefitting from the professional services and talents of Ted Bodnar of Bodnar Architecture P.C. and Ihor Nemy of Dream City Construction Company, the renovation when completed will ensure Plast scouts in New York have a modern, 21st-century facility.
After serving Plast scouts and the Ukrainian community since the early 1960s, the time came for a significant renovation of the building consistent with modern day needs. The renovation will ensure that the building’s space is optimized, safety systems are improved, online capabilities are robust and provide internet bandwidth needed by scouts. The renovation will also include new heating and cooling systems, as well as spacious welcome centers.
With approved building plans in hand, construction began in July. The first critical steps involved demolition on the second and third floors. Some of the critical work in this early phase included disposal of outdated materials and equipment and, importantly, asbestos removal. Additionally, the unused elevator shaft was removed to enable construction of four additional rooms.
With demolition successfully completed, work started on the construction in October. To date, stud framing for meeting rooms has been completed and new duct work for heating and air conditioning has been installed.
New sprinklers and electrical wiring have been installed throughout the entire building. Cabinets, built-in closets and floors have been ordered.
The final phase of the renovation will include painting and the installation of flooring, cabinets and appliances. Audio-visual equipment, furnishings and electronics will be installed once construction is complete.
The opening of the renovated domivka is scheduled for early 2022, but fundraising for the project is ongoing.
While significant progress has been made – $1.25 million has been raised – another $250,000 is needed to reach the overall goal of $1.5 million for the renovation.
The support of the entire Ukrainian community is needed to get to the finish line. Financial contributions will ensure the New York Plast domivka is designed to meet the needs of and welcome many generations of scouts, parents and guests. Financial donations are greatly appreciated! Readers who would like detailed information can learn more or make a donation to the project by visiting the web site www.plastnyc.org/renovation.