Paul Smith's College prepares for summer construction

The new climbing wall will be enclosed by glass and includes an observation deck, while the pool will feature an environmentally friendly chlorine-free purification system.

A $1 million matching grant from Empire State Development will pay for most of the project, with the remaining funds coming from six donors.

Aaron noted the pool will be closed from mid-July to January 2010.

The sawmill upgrades will cost $200,000 - the cheapest of the three projects. The funds will go toward the purchase of new sawmill components, as well as the construction of a custom-designed operator's cabin.

The sawmill is expected to be online this summer, Aaron said. The other projects should be completed by spring 2010.

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