Firms donate time and services for VFW project
After raising about $20,000, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars still did not have enough money to start construction of a new post home at VFW Park.
With the citys help, the VFW now has assistance from Shad Vermeesch of SRG Architectural Services in Mission to complete the building design. Lance Johnson and Mike Keeney of the Peridian Group in Lawrence will conduct the site plan and storm-water drainage study. Both will work at no charge. The donated services would normally cost about $8,000.
I am happy to help out, said Vermeesch, adding it wouldnt require much addition work.
The Peridian Groups tasks are more in-depth, though.
We are providing whatever surveying needs to be done, Johnson said. We were approached by (City Administrator) Christopher Clark. He wanted to see if we would be interested in helping out. My partners father is a veteran and my grandfather was a veteran in World War I. This gives us a chance to maybe give back a little. Its just something we wanted to do to help.
The state building code and city regulations require an architect design the building and an engineer conduct the site plan and drainage study.
Tim Pinnick, building inspector for Tonganoxie, waived his fee for the building inspection, which is part of the building permit application fee. The city also waived its portion. Cecil Kingsley, city engineer, volunteered to do the review of the site plan and storm water drainage study at no cost.