Kamloops Makerspace has been on the front lines of the roadwork on Victoria Street and it is planning some upgrades of its own to match the soon-to-be-completed street outside.
Soon to be installed will be a new concrete staircase, as well as a plaque commemorating the 119-year-old heritage building in which Makerspace is located, downtown at 2017 West Victoria St.
“We’re making this beautiful heritage stamp that says Old Federal Building and it will be stamped right into the concrete,” said Makerspace spokesman Vaughn Warren.
Extreme Excavating volunteered to demolish the building’s former stairs, free of charge, while Straight Line Contracting will be donating the concrete for the new stairs.
The plan is to place decorative, ornamental wrought iron fencing along the stairs, but Makerspace is still looking for a local business that might be interested in helping with that job.
“We’ve been able to get some really wonderful donations from local companies,” Warren said.
The building was constructed in 1900 and was the main headquarters of the federal government in Kamloops until about 1935, when it became home to Canada Post for 30 years.
Makerspace has been in the building for about a half-decade and, while it has spread to just about every corner of its location, those behind Makerspace would like to expand further if the opportunity presented itself.
For example, the basement in the building is not being used and Warren said that there was some interest in including welding in their facility, which would likely need to be done in an area away from the current activities.
Makerspaces can be found around the world and are places for creative people of many skill sets and backgrounds to work freely on projects about which they are passionate.
Kamloops Makerspace includes facilities for woodworking, pottery and textile crafting. The building features an electronics room, a hack room, a metal shop, a wood shop, a kiln room, a design lab, a lounge, a kitchen and classroom space.
Members receive 24-hour access to the space at a cost of $75 per month for individuals or $100 per month for families.
For those just interested in checking out Kamloops Makerspace, free access is provided during the organization’s regular open house, H4cknight, every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, go online to kamloopsmakerspace.com or email email@example.com.