Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Breaks Ground on New Mentoring Hub in Downtown Indianapolis
[Indianapolis, Indiana] – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI) will break ground on the renovation of its new building at 1433 N. Meridian St. on Tuesday, October 16. In partnership with Capitol Construction Services, Rowland Design, and CORE Planning Strategies, renovations totaling $3 million on the 20,000 square foot “mentoring hub” begin this month and are expected to be complete by April 2019.
“More than anything, this effort is about our promise to make sure more kids have mentors in their lives,” Darcey Palmer-Shultz, BBBSCI CEO said. “We are so proud to be taking this step and even more grateful to the many people in our community who have stepped up to make it possible. This new space in a central location will give us more room for programming and training of staff and volunteers, which will help us reach our goal of serving 1,500 kids annually by 2022.”
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, BBBSCI leadership, Bigs (volunteer mentors), and Littles (youth mentees) will gather with representatives from Capitol Construction, Rowland Design, and CORE Planning Strategies, and other community partners at BBBSCI’s new headquarters for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate this historic move for the agency.
“Capitol Construction is excited to partner with BBBSCI on their new headquarters and getting this project started after extensive planning,” Jon Robinson, president of Capitol Construction Services, said. “We’re especially excited about the transformation of the space to include a two-story atrium and strategic gathering areas to host the community and BBBSCI team!”
The building acquisition is part of the $7 million RISE—Reach more kids, Inspire new opportunities, Strengthen our community, Emerge boldly—campaign, which furthers the mission of BBBSCI and continues to help transform the lives of children and the community. This initiative stems from a five-year strategic plan to amplify recruitment, retention and support of both Bigs and BBBSCI employees to reach the program’s goal of serving 1,500 children in central Indiana.
“Rowland Design has been happy to support Big Brothers Big Sisters with our creativity for decades,” Eric Rowland, chief architect, said “Nothing could be more rewarding than helping them express their mission with a bold new facility. With its atrium dueling slides, community spaces and efficient working environment, we hope this will bring the Bigs and Littles together better than ever before and will lead to a whole new generation of community supporters.”
“As a firm that values mentoring the next generation, CORE is grateful to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana by helping guide the design and construction process for their new youth mentoring hub,” said Deb Kunce, FAIA, LEED AP, managing principal of CORE Planning Strategies, owner’s representative for the project. “Their new facility on Meridian Street will increase their presence in the community while helping BBBSCI better serve more kids and volunteers and meet its mission.”
WHAT: BBBSCI’s Groundbreaking at the agency’s new Mentoring Hub
WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
TIME: 10 a.m.
WHERE: 1433 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
MEDIA: Interview and photo opportunities with BBBSCI leadership and Bigs and Littles, and leadership from Capitol Construction, CORE Planning Strategies, and Rowland Design