HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Sci-Quest, the Tennessee Valley’s only hands-on science center, is moving to a temporary facility that will allow it to keep operating while the capital campaign for a permanent home continues.
The move comes as the center is trying to raise $2 million in a capital campaign to relocate and renovate a vacant store on Highway 20 in Madison.
Calhoun Community College, which owns the building that currently houses Sci-Quest, is moving forward with other plans for that building to address its campus needs.
Saturday is the deadline for Sci-Quest to vacate its facility on the campus of Calhoun Community College in Huntsville.
"Calhoun Community College has been our home for the last 15 years and it's been a wonderful partnership," says executive director Cyndy Morgan, "but they are expanding on this campus and they must have this area for their expansion."
Every structure, every interactive exhibit, every fantastical science oddity must be disassembled and moved to the temporary location at 4536 Paramount Drive just west of the Village of Providence on Highway 72.
"It's right off University Drive. It's the old Pool Place," explained Morgan. "It sits up on a hill and it's the perfect location for us to keep operating temporarily until we can complete this capital campaign and get into our permanent location."
The Sci-Quest team needs immediate help to get everything cleared out by Saturday.
"We need more manpower," Morgan says. "We need volunteer labor if people are willing to help us. If groups are willing to help us to get all the exhibits and everything moved over to our new location - the more manpower we have the quicker we can get it done."
Adult volunteers who can lift or even just use a drill would be great, but Sci-Quest is also looking for folks with some skill.
"Certified electricians would be wonderful and people willing to paint would be a great help."
The landlord on the temporary facility has agreed to allow Sci-Quest to occupy the space for the next six months and Morgan said provided the center with a generous deal for the space.
Sci-Quest closed at the end of November in order to give the staff time to disassemble and move the exhibits. Sci-Quest plans to open up again on Paramount Drive by mid to late January.
Sci-Quest hopes to have reached the goal of the capital campaign and be in its new permanent home in Madison by June of 2014.
"We'll have to move it all again so we'll definitely need some help in the summer as well."
Sci-Quest is continuing its educational outreach programs in the interim and temporary shutdown.
Another way you can help is with a tax-deductible donation to keep Sci-Quest running and to raise funds to secure the new location. To donate or to volunteer your time for the move, contact Cyndy Morgan at 256-837-0606 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org