The first phase in a series of planned renovations for the Northwest Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County are now complete. Interior upgrades to the recreation facility were completed by Scorpio on October 28, approximately $15,000 under budget. New ceilings, flooring and lighting transformed the general-purpose room that welcomes visitors and members to the club. A small kitchen area was built bringing the facility up to code. New paint throughout the space, along with a bank of donated lockers and the addition of two donated pool tables and a ping-pong table help create a fun space where children can safely spend time after school.
One of the most important upgrades for the facility was the installation of new interior and exterior doors. Inadequate hardware and installation in the past had caused safety concerns and numerous doors had been removed to prevent possible injury. New door frames and hardware now make it possible to secure areas and separate spaces, so students can do homework without being disrupted by those who are playing.
Local business leaders united to plan and fund these upgrades. Monies raised through ongoing efforts over the last seven years, coupled with The Rotary Club of Gainesville Foundation’s Wild Game Feast Grant, paid for most of the facility’s improvements. Scorpio donated construction management services and architectural and interior design services were donated by Kail Partners Architecture & Interior. Several local businesses jumped on board offering in-kind donations, including furniture and material led by major contributions from Lowes and significant gifts from McLeod General Trades.
“On behalf of the staff and volunteers of the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County I want to personally thank all of the wonderful local organizations, companies, and individuals that give of their time, talents, and treasure to sustain and advance the mission of the Club,” said the club’s Executive Director, Shane Johnson. “It’s because of efforts like these renovation projects that we are able to continue serving the youth of Alachua County in first-class facilities.”
“The team at Scorpio believes whole-heartedly in our mission focused on community-centered construction”, said Domenic Scorpio, President of Scorpio. “Having the privilege of serving on the Boys and Girls Club Board for a number of years, two as President, it is fantastic to see these improvements to the club. Our company is honored to be a part of this effort contributing our management services. I think everyone knows how important this organization is for the community and the kids it serves. I encourage everyone to do what they can, it makes a difference.”
This coalition’s mission for the project is to foster development for youth in the community by making improvements to one of its most crucial after-school education and recreational centers. The project is continuing to seek funding and in-kind donations from other community members and organizations interested in joining this effort.