Revamped Lewis and Clark interpretive Center taking shape

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission architect Richard Brown, left, and Fort Canby State Park Ranger Shawn Douty checked out the new construction at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center earlier this month. NANCY BUTTERFIELD photo

FORT CANBY - Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission architect Richard Brown was checking out the progress on the multimillion-dollar addition and remodeling at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center last week.

Zinc siding has gone up on the south side of the new addition to the center which will house exhibits describing the Lewis and Clark Expedition's time in Pacific County and an overview of the Corps of Discovery's return journey. The upper floor will house temporary displays and space for meetings that will include a kitchenette for catered functions. The building is expected to be completed by January or February.

The center's current exhibit space also is undergoing a complete remodel. The disabled parking area was closed last week to install three-phase wiring to the interpretive center. That work was expected to be completed by now.

Contractor for the job is Taggart Construction of Astoria with J.P. Plumbing and Wadsworth Electric, also of Astoria, and Pacific County PUD No. 2.

"We're providing a design for an excellent facility," Brown said. "We're providing the shell, the exhibit designers will do the rest."

The center has been closed briefly off and on during construction. "This is a big destination for honeymooners and retired people," Brown said. "But we always have to be ready for them, even during remodeling."  

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