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October 09, 2012
FALLS CITY -- A long-awaited multipurpose building was just completed at Camp Tapawingo, located west of Falls City, thanks to a sizable grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
Camp Tapawingo was awarded a $150,000 grant to help pay for a new 14,000-square-foot multipurpose building.
Now complete, the new facility will provide space for basketball and volleyball courts, a meeting room, a game room, office space and other facilities.
The new building will ease space constraints at the camp -- something that was long needed.
"We were using the chapel before and it wasn't big enough," said Dick Schmitke, the chairman of the camp's board of directors. "This is a building we've been planning for the last eight years. It's been a vision for a long time."
Schmitke said the camp began construction on the multipurpose facility in Sept. 2011 and the building was complete at the end of last month.
The total cost of the project was $1.32 million.
In addition to the grant, fundraising, large cash donations, capital investments owned by Camp Tapawingo, and other means paid for building costs.
Schmitke said the camp wanted to raise the funds without seeking loans, so the grant allowed for construction to begin sooner than expected.
The Murdock Trust was created by Melvin J. Murdock, founder of Beaverton's Tektronix, to provide grants to Pacific Northwest organizations to strengthen the region's educational, cultural, and spiritual base in creative and sustainable ways, according to a press release.
A dedication for the new facility is to be held this month.