Nonprofit plans $6.5M campus renovation
A nonprofit that provides counseling and educational services is planning a major renovation project.
Wedgwood Christian Services plans to invest $6.5 million for several renovations at its main campus in Kentwood, at 3300 36th St. SE.
Six counseling offices will be added inside the Bouma Counseling Center, which will help relieve waiting lists for counseling services. Demand for the services is increasing.
There are plans to update the campus gym to include a centralized campus cafeteria, a kitchen and occupational therapy space.
Direct care staff prepare meals for clients, and a centralized kitchen and cafeteria will elevate menu planning, food preparation and food service, as well as allow those staff to spend more treatment-focused time with clients.
Wedgwood will upgrade its electronic infrastructure, as well as update roofing and HVAC at a residence building.
There are also plans to update roofing, the parking lot and some interior at Wedgwood’s Autism Center, at 1260 Ekhart St. NE.
These projects will begin in the second quarter of 2020. Working on one project at a time, renovations should be completed in 12 months.
The overall project is being funded with $6.5 million donated through a capital campaign by 106 community donors, local businesses and area foundations. The nonprofit recently reached the campaign goal, but it is still accepting donations.
Campaign donations will also provide funding for staff retention and recruitment and a maintenance sinking fund for facility updates.
Interactive Studios has been working as the project’s architect since the process began in 2018.
Wedgwood is in conversations with Rockford Construction and Pinnacle Construction as potential general contractors on the project.