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Strong Foundations | Spring 2018

A message from Randall Redding Spring hasn’t fully committed to springing, but with the changing of seasons, I gladly share with you the latest issue of the Strong Foundations newsletter.

This quarter’s edition focuses on ministry and giving back, both in the sense of building a Retreat Center and of an individual who is making a significant contribution to the community with their passionate volunteerism.

Our first article is about Lutheranch Retreat Center, an award-winning construction project that we recently completed. This year‐round ministry offers summer camping programs for 1st‐8th grade youth and confirmation camp for confirmands. RKR strived to make this a special place, while overcoming numerous construction obstacles such as challenging natural landscape with limited access to utilities, as well as incorporating resourceful creativity to add special touches throughout the facility.

We also offer a Q&A with Laura Richards, Founder & Chair of the Friends of Carrollt…

Lutheranch Retreat Center

Called “a place apart to experience God and community,” Lutheranch is a harmonious marriage of a natural environment with modern conveniences. This retreat-style lodge was a CM at Risk project featuring two stories in one section of the building and a rusticmodern design throughout. Though beautiful, the isolated and lake-neighboring location held challenges as it was removed from paved roads and had limited utilities. To combat this, we used a temporary generator, employed methods of erosion control, and worked around the weather to make this project an award-winning success.

Lutheranch offers many examples of RKR’s resourcefulness and creativity. When our team hit rock during the slab rough-in, we had to bring in specialty excavation equipment to remove 40 cubic yards of trench rock from the site. There were also numerous unusual installs, such as the roofing and dry sprinkler system, that required quick and creative thinking. Further, we installed hard wood flooring on top of conc…

Laura Richards | Founder & Chair of the Friends of Carrollton GreenBelt, LLC

Share with us your background that led to you founding Carrollton GreenBelt.

I am from Carrollton, but left in 1990 to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Then I moved back in 2009. While I was away, I biked across the United States and then led as a European guide for Vermont Bicycle Touring. That’s when it clicked for me regarding trails. I first rode with guests on trails separated from roads in the Netherlands. There I saw people holding hands while they biked and carrying pets and their groceries to the extent that it became more than a trail, but a really busy public space. Our Greenbelt serves that role as one of Carrollton's newest parks and showcases local natural wonders. It’s a great way to enjoy the great outdoors.

What’s the most rewarding part of what you do/have done at GreenBelt?

To see the city of Carrollton submit its application to be a bike friendly community was the most rewarding part to me. That designation is through the League of America…