Ground-breaking ceremonies get under way March 13, 2010, for L-83’s new training facility. L. to r., architect Dirk Ellis (now deceased); John Seward, business agent; Chuck Clancy, former BM-ST; Clay Hereford, IR; Larry McManamon, IVP; Randy Cruse, BM-ST; Mark Funkhouser, then-Mayor of Kansas City, Tom Burgess, business agent; Tom Dye, vice president; Larry Horseman, president; Jerry Horseman, retired IVP; Joe Lewandowski, chairman of trustees; and Scot Albertson, recording secretary.
A NEW ADDITION to the Local 83 (Kansas City, Mo.) union hall has more than doubled the size of the existing facility, from 10,000 square feet to 21,000 square feet. According to BM-ST Randy Cruse, the addition includes a training area with an indoor rigging structure, approximately 2,000 square feet of new office space, and basement storage space. Skylights provide natural lighting in the training facility. Previously, L-83 members had received training at the International training center in Kansas City, Kan. That facility has since closed.
Enerfab Construction served as the general contractor and project manager for the addition. Architect Dirk Ellis (now deceased), who designed the original building in the early 1980s, also provided design services for the new structure.
A construction, manufacturing, and shop lodge, Local 83 was chartered in 1913. The local serves Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Western Missouri.