Brady Kress, center, president and chief executive, helped break ground Thursday with guests and friends for a new building at Carillon Park. CONTRIBUTED

Carillon Park’s newest building is about to rise

Ground was broken Thursday on the new 32,000-square-foot Heritage Center of Regional Leadership.

The building will be a big one, featuring classrooms, meeting spaces, an exhibit gallery of nationally recognized regional leaders, an outdoor dining plaza, a restored 1904 Barney & Smith rail car and more, including a renewed Culp’s Café — “reimagined in the style of an early 20th century soda fountain,” Dayton History said.

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The site will also feature a 500-plus seat banquet pavilion.

Roll & Associates will serve as architect and Danis will oversee construction. Beavercreek engineering firm Woolpert is providing structural engineering support to Roll & Associates.

The project is expected to be finished next summer, with the building connecting the Kettering Family Education Center to Carillon Brewing Co.

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“As a private not-for-profit charity, everything we do is donor driven,” Brady Kress, Dayton History president and chief executive, said in a statement. “This new Leadership Center was made possible by the generous support of several financial champions.”

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