$1 Million Challenge Grant for Infrastructure Needs
We are delighted to announce an anonymous donor has generously pledged to match $1,000,000 in donations in support of Colonial Williamsburg's three most immediate infrastructure needs.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation preserves and maintains more than 600 original and reconstructed buildings in Virginia's colonial capital, which, along with more than 80 historically accurate gardens scattered throughout the Historic Area, provide the backdrop for an immersive 18th-century experience. Colonial Williamsburg is very much a living and working town, with many operations happening behind-the-scenes. While critical to the Foundation's everyday functions, infrastructure support is easily overlooked and maintenance deferred. Key projects within three infrastructure areas — mechanical, building and landscaping — have been identified that are in need of attention.
These projects are critical to the Foundation's operations, employee and guest experiences, and, ultimately, the pursuit of our educational mission. We welcome contributions of any size toward our goal of raising $1,000,000, which will help ensure that these behind-the-scenes needs are met and Colonial Williamsburg remains an extraordinary place to visit. In order to receive the matching funds, we must meet the goal by December 1, 2018. With your help, we will ensure that Colonial Williamsburg's infrastructure gets the much-needed attention it requires.
Updating key portions of the Historic Area streetscape and landscaping will make it safer for guests and residents, and will help preserve iconic structures by reducing the amount of grit and gravel tracked into our buildings.
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Electricity, boilers and the HVAC systems that regulate building environments are crucial mechanical elements that are required every day of the year. Many throughout Colonial Williamsburg are in need of repair or replacement.
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Though best practices have evolved over the last 90 years, some materials from the initial reconstruction have remained in place despite decades of advancements. Going forward, we hope to recreate historically accurate structures using the most up-to-date materials and technology available.
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