"There were a lot of space challenges and how we would use that space," Casey said.
The new facility is a vision of former council CEO Susan Thompson, Casey said. Thompson led the council for 22 years. Casey added that parking at the old facility was a nightmare for volunteers. Now they have their own parking lots.
Construction on the facility that once housed a used-car lot began in April, but the designing and preparation began long before construction, Casey said.
The center will host its first event for Girl Scouts on Saturday.
"Girls are coming in to prepare some of their business and sales techniques with a cookie event," Casey said.
The event prepares the troops for the annual cookie sale, which starts in January.
"We can do just about anything in this facility," Walker said. "And we're in control of this facility."
The center hosted its first guests last week, after a council staff meeting. Casey said out-of-town staffers were in and welcomed to stay in the new facility. Casey decided to join them for the night.
Her favorite part of the new place is the outside fire pit. Casey said it feels good to be out there.
The troops opinions' were considered while the facility was being designed.
"We found girls really wanted to cook over the fire," Casey said. "That fire is a big part of the Girl Scout experience, but they also wanted some of the comforts of home."
The various rooms have a small Girl Scout logo next to the doorway. Casey said names of donors who choose to fund aspects of the project will be displayed on the Girl Scout logos.
More than 10 companies and 20 individuals already have donated to the campaign effort.
For more information on how to join, volunteer or donate to the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, call 1-800-756-7616 or visit the council's website, www.bdgsc.org.
Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.