The Laurel Center’s three-story shell in Winchester was completed by Shockey in 2013. Although the project had been delayed while additional funds were being raised, building commenced again this May, and the 22,500 SF facility will be finished in January 2018.
Founded in 1983, The Laurel Center is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter to more than 100 women and children and support to more than 2,500 people annually through 18 programs and services. Serving the Virginia counties of Frederick, Clarke and Warren, it is the only organization in the region that offers counseling and education regarding domestic and sexual violence.
The Laurel Center’s current 5,000 SF building has enough room to shelter 14 people. Grandfathered by old building codes, it is unable to serve people with walking disabilities because of tight spaces and many stairs.
The new structure, complete with three elevators, will meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards, housing administrative offices and providing 32 beds for women and their children seeking shelter.
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