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Heritage Center unveils wing expansion

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

LAWRENCEVILLE -- First-graders from Hebron Christian Academy used pipes of various lengths to learn about pitch and special glasses to see how light refracts, just moments after cutting a ribbon at a new wing at Gwinnett's premier science museum.

The 6,400-square-foot expansion comes less than four years after the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center opened in Buford, but Director Steve Cannon said he already sees the need for more.

About 300 kids visit the center each day, and programs are also designed for college students, adults and senior citizens.

"This facility offers some of the most awesome experiences in the great outdoors," Gwinnett Recreation Board Chairwoman Lois Allen said, standing in the green building before a wall of windows.

The new exploratory programming wing features classrooms and conference rooms, giving kids the chance to conduct experiments downstairs while others tour the museum upstairs.

Cannon said he expects the $257,000 construction cost, which was paid for by the county sales tax program, to be recouped in about 18 months.