In mid 2019, Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club began construction on a bold project to expand and improve our Clubhouse to provide a diverse mix of recreational and educational spaces that is both inviting and fosters the wellness and success of all kids. In fact, in conceptualizing our renovation, our architect, builders, staff, and young members all weighed in on the kinds of settings and design elements that excite kids, nurture positive social and educational interactions, and encourage continued Club involvement over time. As we progress on our construction project, the excitement is growing, and our projected completion date of January 2021 couldn’t come at a more opportune time. With the COVID shutdown and all it has meant for our children and teens, the need for our programs has never been greater.
Before the “pause,” we had made substantial progress on the Project, though much of it was structural and not always visible from the street. All concrete slabs had been poured and all structural steel and foundation work completed. Retaining walls, storm drains, and leaching pools were put in place and the new septic system, underground piping, and upgraded gas and electric had been installed. Mechanical, sprinkler and fire alarm systems were installed. The exterior work had begun on the front and rear additions and the framing of interior walls was in progress.
Since returning to work, our crew has completed the framing for the 8,000 sq. ft. rear addition and the 1,000 sq. ft. front addition. They have roughed in the interior electrical and plumbing. The new HVAC unit and the ductwork have been installed. The interior framing and sheetrock have begun. Excavation of the new parking lot is under way.
The renovated clubhouse will incorporate natural light, sustainable materials and an inviting aesthetic to create a welcoming space for our community’s children. But beyond the newness of steel beams and safety features is the promise of new possibilities for our kids. Our modern facility will provide traditional and non-traditional learning spaces and multi-purpose facilities for recreation, athletics, gathering and play. There will be a dedicated space for the youngest members, studios for art and dance, a public meeting room, and new teen and tween centers for middle and high school students. There will be tutoring and quiet learning spaces, digital media and technology labs, dining and gathering spaces, and a teaching kitchen. Ultimately, there will be a special place for everyone.
Curious about what’s happening next? You need not remain an onlooker to our construction site. In fact, we are eager to share our vision with you and invite you to schedule a “hard hat tour.” Contact Ray Reyes at (516) 759-5437 x 217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.