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Women’s HoF contract to continue work at Mill Site

With New York State Historic Preservation and Seneca Falls Historic Commission approvals in place, construction work begins again at the historic Seneca Knitting Mill. The National Women’s Hall of Fame (the “Hall”) has awarded the general contract to Raymond E. Kelley Company, from Waterloo, to do this next phase of the adaptive rehabilitation of the Mill site, with focus on the exterior of the Limestone building. Gilbane Building Company will continue as the construction management firm.With stabilization, abatement, and a new roof completed in 2014, CJS Architects (Rochester, NY) prepared for this next phase on the Limestone building — which will include lintels and sills repaired or replaced, the limestone cleaned and repainted, and replacement of 100+ windows with new construction to match the historic profile of the 12-over-12 sash windows on the 1st three floors, as well as the clerestory windows on the 4th floor. CJS will begin design/development work for the overall Mill site, including plans for occupying the 1st floor of the Limestone building in 2017.NWHF Board President, Jeanne Giovannini, stated that “We are delighted to begin construction work again on the Mill site, the future home of the Hall in the Center for Great Women. Significant behind-the-scenes work took place in 2015 and early 2016. I applaud the collaborative team effort that enabled us to reach this point.” Funding for this work is through donations that enable the Hall to utilize matching grants from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historic Preservation, NYS Canal Corporation, Rochester Area Community Foundation, and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.About the NATIONAL WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME In pursuit of its mission of “Showcasing Great Women…Inspiring All,” the National Women’s Hall of Fame honors women of the past and present, relates the history of women’s struggles, prepares the women of the future and serves as the voice celebrating the value of women. The Hall has inducted 266 women who have changed the course and culture of the United States across the fields of arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science. Situated in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of women’s rights, the Hall tells women’s stories by focusing on the leadership lessons from its inductees throughout American history. The Hall is in the process of establishing the Center for Great Women, a vibrant, state-of-the-art facility serving as a leadership center and an educational venue where visitors and scholars can discover and be inspired by the stories of great American women.The National Women’s Hall of Fame is the nation’s oldest membership organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women. The Hall uses the stories of its Inductees as tools for inspiration, innovation and imagination. Anyone may nominate an American citizen for induction; final selections are made by an independent panel of judges. A not-for-profit educational institution, the Hall’s programs include Induction Weekend, educational programs, and special exhibits and events.To learn more about the National Women’s Hall of Fame, please visit HERE

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