Project at Litton Agri-Science Learning Center Nears Completion
The final phase of a expansion project at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center is nearing completion.
Ag Power and Structures and Ag Construction II classes in the agriculture department at Grand River Technical School, are assisting with the construction of a pole building which measures 22 feet by 96 feet.
According to Rusty Black, agriculture instructor, the building is the final phase of a three-phase project which began just over five years ago costing an estimated $75,000. Funding was provided through several area foundations including the Browning Foundation, Litton Foundation, McCall Foundation and the Livingston County Community Foundation.
The new building opens to the south of the Litton Ag Center and has the ability to divide into several pens. The new building will be used for sheep, cattle and goats.
The pens are not yet constructed but will be in the future. “The skills that the students are learning include plumbing, building construction, concrete construction, electricity and work ethic,” said Agriculture Instructor Leda Schreiner. “The skills learned will hopefully help them in some area around their own homes.”
Construction of this building is the final phase of the expansion project. The first phase began four years ago when the hog barn was expanded. The second phase of the project included finishing the interior of the original building which housed livestock. According to Black, now that livestock is not housed on the interior of the building anymore, the construction of this building was necessary. The students, under the direction of Agriculture Instructor Keith Dietzschold, plan to have the building completed by spring 2008.
Several businesses and individuals have assisted in the construction of the building. John and Jeremy Williams of At Your Service Construction provided professional insight, guidance, and labor. Keith Dennis of Dennis Construction, LLC laid the underground electric line to the new building, and Lauhoff Construction completed the dirt work for the new building and surrounding area. "All who utilize the Litton Center should thank the students, advisors, and local individuals who have put their time into making improvements to the Litton Center," Schreiner said. "Without this type of support, the Litton Center would not be as successful as it is today."