A project of HISTORIC SARANAC LAKE INC
Thank you for your help installing a new boiler in the Saranac Laboratory Museum!
THANK YOU TO LEAD DONORS: The New York State Council on the Arts, Ed and Nancy Murphy, American Express Foundation, Alex Dreyfoos, Tom and Nancy Downs, Donna Evans, Garry Trudeau and Jane Pauley, Jane and Charles Carroll, the Neely family
THANK YOU TO BUSINESS SUPPORTERS: Bionique Testing Laboratories, Inc., Adirondack Surgical Group, Fortune Studio, Bear Essentials, Little Italy, Pink, Post Office Pharmacy, The Doctor's Inn, Carcuzzi Car Care Center, Price Chopper's Golub Foundation, The Evergreen Fund at the Adirondack Community Trust
THANK YOU TO SUPPORTING DONORS: John Packard, Jim Meade, Howard Riley, Christy Fontana, Fred Schwarz, James Brophy, Tom and Jan Dudones, Judith Kratts, Margaret LaPoint, Melinda Walton, Kathy Ford, Dot and Chet Fobare, Eillen and Ian Orme, Mary Lawthers, Don and Shirley Morgan, Karina Jackson, Kirk and Diane Peterson, Julia Frank, John Schaff, Ellen Egan George, Eric and Charma Behnke
ABOUT THE PROJECT The old boiler dated from 1950 and was threatening to break down completely. Three times last winter the current old heating system turned off unexpectedly, putting the building at risk. The old boiler inefficiently burned 2,250 gallons of oil, resulting in bills totaling $9,000. A new system is expected to use about 1/3 less fuel.
The total cost of the project to replace the boiler was $29,185. We received a matching grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for the project.
We invested in an engineer’s study of the project by North Woods Engineering -- a requirement of the state matching grant. Asbestos was removed by LVI Services and monitoring provided by KAS, Inc. We received bids to install the boiler in the fall of 2012. Cornerstone Services of Norwood, NY won the contract as the low bidder. The new boiler system was installed in late fall of 2012.
In total, we exceeded our fundraising goal for the project by $2,326. We will invest these extra funds in the building by pursuing energy efficiency measures such as installing additional attic insulation and interior storm windows.
Built in 1894, The Saranac Laboratory was the first lab built in the U.S. for the research of tuberculosis. Historic Saranac Lake painstakingly restored the building and opened it as a museum in 2009. The museum is open with exhibits on the history of Saranac Lake, scientific research and patient care.