A New Future for the Fairbanks

ST. JOHNSBURY - Businesses in the Kingdom may be looking at a couple 100 to 1000 dollars in upgrades.
This past Wednesday Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders passed a bill through the senate which is now awaiting President Biden's signature. This bill would 38 million dollars to businesses across the state of Vermont.

The Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury would receive 2.5 million dollars to go towards their new science annex, which is designed to be added to the back of their existing building. The space is going to be 6 thousand square feet of new exhibits for the public to enjoy.

When coming up with the design, museum director, Adam Kane said that the whole building will be made up of timber slabs.

"We want to demonstrate economic opportunity for the local and regional forest economy in the construction on a commercial building like this," Kane said.

An elevator will also be installed to accommodate accessibility. The museum will also be partnering with CCV and their location in St. Johnsbury, with the community college moving into the Fairbanks building over time.

The new will be interactive and will be based off of meteorology and earth science. Kane says that this new addition will not only enhance the experience for visitors but, it will give a balance between old and new when it comes to museums.

"By having this new addition, we get to really have the best of both worlds. We get to keep that victorian cabinet of of curiosity museum while having the interactive museum of the future," Kane said.

The project is set to break ground at the end of this year and open to the public in 2023. The museum will remain open to all who wish to visit. Kane says that folks can also look at the progress along the way.

"The public response has been overwhelmingly positive. For the Fairbanks Museum, it's such a unique and special place that I think there's a lot of appreciation and a lot of support," Kane said.