Nonprofits take many steps and different paths as they move through preliminary design to construction. Recent updates from several of our clients reflect the stages in that journey.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Phoenixville is laying the groundwork for a fundraising campaign for church renovations. St. Peter’s has formed a Capital Campaign Committee, allocated funds for a pre-campaign assessment, and hired McIntyre Associates to conduct the assessment. “We are using the Collaborative’s report as a basis for all we are doing to moving ahead,” says Senior Warden Mike Logar. In 2007, the Collaborative provided a master plan for renewal for this growing congregation in Phoenixville.
Friends of Dickinson Square has received a $300,000 matching grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for refurbishing the park. One piece of the renovation plan, a green wall on the park’s community building, will this spring, will be installed this spring thanks to a $7,500 grant from Philadelphia Green’s Parks Revitalization Program. The group announced the good news to the Pennsport community at its general meeting in March 2009. The Collaborative completed a master plan for park renovations for Dickinson Square in 2007.
Programs Employing People (PEP) completed the construction of a new warehouse addition and the renovation of a basement-level bowling alley in February 2009. The new warehouse creates storage space for materials used in PEP’s employment and vocational training programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, freeing up the basement for the revenue-generating bowling alley. Executive Director Graham Gill reports that the bowling alley is “fully staffed and we are booking lots of community groups.” The Collaborative did the feasibility study for the warehouse expansion in 2003.