Autism Therapy Wing construction update

Autism Therapy Wing construction update

Waban Construction Nearing Completion

 SANFORD – The construction of Waban’s new Autism Therapy Wing at the Fraser-Ford Child Development Center is nearing completion. The driveway and parking lot have been shimmed, and with the final surface coat and striping to come, will allow for 90 parking spaces. Outside, the roof, doors and windows are in place and the siding is nearly finished, matching the existing clapboards for a seamless integration with the existing structure. 

 A new entrance will welcome parents, students and staff into the center, with easy access to the new classrooms, a lobby that connects the current center to the addition and a straight path to the spacious new multipurpose room with a sunny cathedral ceiling for school events and larger gatherings. The wiring and plumbing is done, the drywall has been taped and sanded, and most of the painting is finished.

 When asked about challenges during construction, Executive Director Neal Meltzer noted the process by which some unanticipated ledge was removed, “We chose not to blast because that would have required us to evacuate the school for the safety of the students and staff. Instead we used hydraulic equipment to chip away the ledge, which was more expensive but a better choice for the installation of a 20,000-gallon water tank for fire suppression.”

 Starting next week, the grounds will be landscaped, including a rain garden in the center of the parking lot which will capture runoff. This environmentally sound choice will replace the need for a catch basin and specific choices of plant species will thrive in the potentially harsh conditions while contributing to the green effect in the parking area.

 The final details, technology, furniture and offices will be put in place throughout September with staff training on the new systems. Meltzer anticipates an October 1st opening date. Several new students have already signed up, with more enrollments to come by the end of August. A welcome open house will be scheduled for mid-October.

 The expansion of the Fraser-Ford Child Development Center with the new Autism Therapy Wing will allow Waban to offer kindergarten through grade 2 services to 32 additional children with autism and other disabilities.

Fund raising continues for the capital campaign and Waban has started a gofundme page to reach the finish line for this $2 million project. Every contribution counts at gofundme.com/autismtherapywing.

 

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A peak down the hall of the ATW

A peak down the hall of the ATW

This morning’s walk inside the Autism Therapy Wing at Fraser-Ford Child Development Center was lots of fun because you could see the different rooms taking shape! It was very busy with someone working in just about every room, some down on the floor while others were up on lifts. Hard to believe in just a few short months these rooms will be full of children. At the same time we are still working to raise funds to support this expansion. Please visit our GoFundMe campaign at http://www.gofundme.com/autismtherapywing to learn more about the programs we offer and children we serve. We would appreciate it if you shared our GoFundMe on your social media. Thank you!

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A Peek Inside the ATW!

A Peek Inside the ATW!

Yesterday I got a chance to step inside the walls of the Autism Therapy Wing at Fraser-Ford Child Development Center and got a sense of just how big this addition is! They were in the process of polishing the concrete and hanging drywall on the ceiling. There is a lot happening on the outside of the building as well which now has windows installed. It is very exciting to see the building taking shape and the project moving along so nicely, but we are still also trying to raise funds for this project. We have started a GoFundMe campaign http://www.gofundme.com/autismtherapywing to help. Any donation makes a difference as well as sharing our story and campaign on your social media. Just copy the link! And thank you!

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We have a building!

We have a building!

Updated on the Autism Therapy Wing at Fraser-Ford Child Development Center, we have walls and a roof! The addition is starting to really take shape and everyone is very excited to see the changes from day to day. We have started a GoFundMe campaign and hope to raise a little more towards this project, you can find our campaign and more information at http://www.gofundme.com/autismtherapywing, any donation amount helps! atw.jpg

Ready for Walls!

Ready for Walls!

Construction is moving along and there is lots of exciting things happening at the site of the Autism Therapy Wing at Fraser-Ford Child Development Center. Last week the floor was poured and trusses were delivered. Some of the children enjoyed a walk outside to look at the big trucks pouring the concrete and the people working.

This week they  begin erecting walls!

Waban has been committed to providing essential services to children and adults with disabilities for over 50 years. This additional space will allow us to provide more children within our community the services they need. We still need your help to make the completion of this project possible. Waban has raised $1million of the $2million we need to complete this project. Every dollar helps, join the Capital Campaign and donate here http://waban.org/capital-campaign/

 

Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground

There is a hole in the ground! When you see the trench that has been dug for the foundation you can see exactly how big the addition of the Autism Therapy Wing will be. With site work, well underway (except for the rain slowing things down today) we are all very excited to see this expansion at Fraser-Ford Child Development Center happening.  With the expected completion of the project at the start of the school year it will mean that for fall FFCDC will be able to offer Kindergarten! With four new classrooms, a large multipurpose room, and multiple consulting rooms, FFCDC will be able expand services to many more children and for longer. Join our Capital Campaign here http://waban.org/capital-campaign/