The Thompson Community Center in Union announces the launch of its capital campaign.

It is necessary for the center to install a life safety sprinkler system throughout the buildings to insure the safety of our tenants and guests, protect the property and allow for future flexibility in the use of the buildings. The complete cost for the installation of the system is $50,000.

The center has already obtained a computer-aided design drawings of the buildings that the engineering and design plans will come from. Bryan and Amanda Austin of 2A Architects in Rockport provided the center with a great set of plans and donated a generous portion of the cost back to the center.

The next step will be to do the engineering and submit a construction application to the state Fire Marshal’s Office. Once the plans are approved by the Fire Marshal’s Office, construction can begin.

The installation will be done by Northeast Fire Sprinkler Corporation. Gerry Leach, the owner of Northeast Fire Sprinkler Corporation, has been a huge help to the center by providing guidance, arranging a walk through with the Fire Marshal’s Office and developing a system this reaches the center’s goal at an affordable cost.

Several fundraising activities have been planned as well as searching out grantors that support these kinds of projects. Individuals or businesses that have ideas for fundraising or would like to donate should contact the center at 975-0352 or by e-mail at