Greensburg’s reconstruction continued to move forward today with the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new public gathering place.  Several local leaders assembled to mark the start of construction on the Kiowa County Community Building.


Greensburg’s reconstruction continued to move forward today with the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new public gathering place.  Several local leaders assembled to mark the start of construction on the Kiowa County Community Building.

“We decided at the beginning of the reconstruction process to build a town that encourages interaction between residents, welcomes guests and serves as a model community,” said Kendal Lothman, Kiowa County Emergency Management Deputy Director, who works as project foreman and emceed the event.  “This facility embodies all of those goals.”

Prior to the 2007 tornado, the Kiowa County Community Building served as a meeting room for businesses and organizations and was also a popular location for graduation and wedding receptions, as well as family and class reunions.  The facility also hosted county fair events and housed commodity distributions.  The new facility will include two meeting rooms to accommodate 30 and 250 people.  Additionally, the building will include a full kitchen, bathrooms with showers and a commodities room for distributions. 

“This is an exciting step forward for Kiowa County,” said House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney, Greensburg.  “The Community Building brings people together- that is what rebuilding Greensburg is all about.”

Keeping with Greensburg’s proud new tradition of “green” living, the facility will be constructed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum level certification standards.  McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry, a Wichita architecture firm, will head the project using sustainable design techniques.

Numerous partners are contributing to the construction of the Community Building, including the Building and Construction Trades Council of Western and Central Kansas.  Drywall Systems Incorporated of Wichita and Salina Concrete are also contributing vendors.

“We are very proud to be part of this project,” said Richard Taylor, Business Director of Building and Construction Trades Council of Western and Central Kansas.

 “We are highly invested in preserving Kansas’ rural communities and will do all we can to help Greensburg grow and prosper.”