The Laurel Center’s three-story shell had been completed by Shockey in 2013, and although the project had been delayed while additional funds were being raised, building commenced again in May 2017. The 22,500 SF facility was finished in December, ahead of the construction schedule.
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 Frederick, Clarke, and Warren counties, it is the only organization in the region that offers counseling and education regarding domestic and sexual violence.
The Laurel Center’s former building had enough room to shelter 14 people. Grandfathered by old building codes, it was unable to serve people with walking disabilities because of tight spaces and many stairs.
The new structure, complete with three elevators, not only meets current Americans with Disabilities Act standards, but also houses administrative offices and provides a computer lab for residents’ use, a fenced and secure children’s play area, a teen room, a large common area for dining and conversation, and 32 beds for women and their children seeking shelter.
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