The Robert and Connie Braddy Research Station features sleeping and dining accommodations for 28 people and a large laboratory for studies in botany, zoology, entomology, etc.
In the summer of 2008, Lovett completed an inventory of the lodge supplies and facilities, and developed a list of repairs and renovations that could improve the visitor experience at Siempre Verde. A two-phase plan was developed to implement these improvements using existing funds from the Siempre Verde endowment.
Phase I (FY08-09) involved long overdue repairs and reinforcement of the existing structure. The first project was replacing the stone chimney with a more open design, which could provide central heat and light for the lodge. At the same time, various repairs were done to improve the structural integrity of the lodge and improve its ability to withstand the high humidity of the surrounding environment.
Phase II (FY09-10) focused on building the new bathrooms and expansion of the kitchen and dining room. The bathrooms are now open and Mari Ruiz’s award-winning cooking team has really enjoyed the updated kitchen and preparation area! This work has been a significant investment, but it will be well worth it, especially considering the increased functionality and added lifespan it will provide to our existing visitor facilities.