Work begins on San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

Work is under way on a new $7.2 million visitors center for the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge near Los Banos.

It is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The design for the building totals about 16,000 square feet.

It will be located on the southwest corner of the refuge, about eight miles north of Los Banos.

Inside the center, refuge management and administrative functions will occupy about 11,000 square feet and include workspace for 31 people.

The visitors center will include 5,000 square feet and contain a multipurpose room-classroom, permanent and temporary interpretive exhibit spaces, and information desk.

Refuge visitors have numbered about 70,000 annually, a number that is expected to grow to 140,000.

— Los Banos Enterprise