The Laurel Center’s three-story shell had been completed by Shockey in 2013. Though the project had been delayed while additional funds were being raised, building commenced again in May 2017, and the 22,500 SF facility was finished — ahead of the construction schedule — in December.
Founded in 1983, The Laurel Center is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter and support to more than 2,500 people annually through 18 programs and services. It is the only organization in its region that offers counseling and education regarding domestic and sexual violence.
The organization’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 its tight spaces and stairs.
The new structure meets current Americans with Disabilities Act standards, housing administrative offices and providing a computer lab for residents’ use, a fenced and secure children’s play area, a teen room, a large commons, and 32 beds for women and their children seeking shelter.
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