Barton College to rebuild Camp Aldrich hall

Camp Aldrich Fire (KSN File Photo)
Camp Aldrich Fire (KSN File Photo)

GREAT BEND, Kansas (AP) – Barton Community College plans to rebuild a dining hall at Camp Aldrich that was an important gathering spot before it was destroyed by fire in April.

The college trustees voted Wednesday to work with the college’s insurance company to replace the facility. The college hopes to have the hall reopened by April of next year.

Trustees knew the camp was important to area residents but said they were surprised by the worried response they received after fire destroyed the hall April 12.

Dean of Administration Mark Dean says the new dining hall will have to meet state and federal guidelines, meaning the rustic look from its original timber construction likely will not be replicated because it will have to be non-combustible.

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