The Minneapolis Ski Club (MSC) is proud to introduce their new 2,400+ finished square foot chalet at the base of the monstrous ski jump that looms amongst the Twin City skyline located just off 494 and 100 in Bloomington. This local ski jumping and nordic combined club has been suffering through winters by renting construction trailers to host their program for athletes to stay warm in. Despite having to overcome tough warming house conditions, the club has lasted over 100 years and produced over 30 Winter Olympians.
Click here to view a virtual tour of the 56'x30' building in it's current partially completed status. The group intends to have the building completely built and finished by December 1, 2010.
By the dawn of the upcoming ski season, this world class facility will have yet another piece of the puzzle put together. Finally, a place to keep kids, parents, athletes and spectators warm to watch one of the most thrilling sports on earth and a structure for MSC to call home. This improvement will solidify MSC's reservation to host the 2013 US Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior Olympic Championships.
The ski jumps are located on Three Rivers Park District property and are operated by MSC. This new chalet was 100% funded by MSC member donations and fund-raising. "Typically, in real estate construction, we say if you can build a home for $100 per square foot, you're doing well." quoted Volunteer MSC ski program coordinator and project supervisor, Chris Broz who is a local real estate agent.
At 2,464 finished square feet, this structure could reasonably be built for around a quarter million dollars by a typical contractor. With the combination of in-kind donations, negotiated prices and countless hours of volunteer labor, the club projects that they will be able to finish the project for roughly $40,000!
MSC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization just looking for final funds to complete the project and add finishing touches such as ski lockers and furniture. The club currently intends to use money they has set aside for their equipment budget in order to complete the job. If you or your company are interested in providing any financial support or even pitching in and doing some hard labor, contact project supervisor, Chris Broz.