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News for 02.09.17
02.09.17
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By Erin Montgomery

“Architecture is the expression of values.” – Norman Foster

Gatepath’s program space and learning environments reflect our values and vision of creating a world where people of all abilities are respected, accepted and included. Two recent renovation projects have made significant improvements for our adult programs, creating excitement and a sense of pride among participants and staff alike. We are grateful for our partnership with Jones Lang LaSalle, which provided pro-bono project management services to oversee both projects and worked closely with our facilities team.

One of our remodeling projects was the Community Access meeting site at 1740 Marco Polo Way in Burlingame. We created a more functional and inviting space by building a new kitchen area, adding new furniture, and making the space more open and better suited for learning activities and meetings. The space was totally transformed, with several walls removed, a new vinyl floor, a fresh coat of colorful paint, and photos of those we serve. The adult participants who meet at this location were elated to move back in and enjoy their new environment.

 

 

Our most recent facilities project was a full redesign of our Learning and Resource Campus in Daly City. It took approximately one month to complete this project, which included major repair work and improvements, and the result is amazing!

Program moved back into the space last week, and we celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, open house, and – of course – a pizza party! From the moment program participants re-entered the building, it was clear the renovations brought fresh energy and excitement. Some participants who volunteered for the ribbon cutting dressed in their finest clothes, solidifying the notion that a person’s workspace can be a reflection of their own self-esteem and dignity. Staff and participants noted how open, bright, welcoming, and interesting the campus was after the renovation, especially with the addition of a fish tank and new furniture!

 

 

Several Board members and the project team joined the festivities. Program Manager Jennifer Senecal commented on the impact of this project, “The new space is wonderful and our participants are very happy! Within a couple of days we are already seeing an improvement in the overall well-being of our participants.” Take a look at video from the ribbon-cutting ceremony and hear the reactions of those we serve here.

When we invest in our infrastructure, we’re investing in the betterment of our programs, our staff, and those we serve. We’re grateful to all the staff and community partners who supported these projects!