BUILDING THE NEW FACILITY AT 101ST STREET
These are the latest updates on the construction of the new facility at 101st street. The Booker T. Washington Learning Center will occupy more than 14,000 square feet of space when the building finally opens its doors. We'll have access to two floors, which contain 11 classrooms, two pre-school classrooms, a library, computer lab, lounge, auditorium, cafeteria/multi-purpose room and office space. The building will accomodate 150 people. There will be a small outdoor terrace, play yard and gardening space.
After operating in the previous church facility for twenty years, Booker T. could no longer accommodate the number of people requesting services. There were waiting lists for all programs and the space was no longer conducive to the types of programs and services we were attempting to provide. Our ability to offer services was compromised and did not allow for programs such as dance, art therapy, computer training and GED classes.
The groundbreaking ceremony at 101st street, September 2007
(l. to r.) Francisco Diaz Jr., former NYS Assembly member; Leslie Lustbader, Principle HUB Realty, LLC; Jeff Eaton, Chief of Staff; Congressman Charles B. Rangel; Adam Clayton Powell IV, NYS Assembly member; Rev. Kimberly Wright, Pastor, Church of the Resurrection & Executive Director, Booker T. Washington Learning Center; Melissa Mark-Viverito, NYC Councilwoman; Wendy Garcia, Community Liason for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; Jared Lustbader, Principle, HUB Realty, LLC
JUNE 3, 2008
The metal that frames the each room in the building.
APRIL 14, 2008
Construction has reached the shoring stage. Shoring, also known as falsework, gives temporary support for the concrete framework until the concrete dries and hardens.
MARCH 15, 2008
The construction team finished pouring the cement for the first level of the building. They have begun to install plumbing.
MARCH 5, 2008
FEBRUARY 20, 2008
Our Executive Director, Kimberly Wright, received a phone call early this morning, letting us know that the construction team was going to begin pouring the cement at 6AM. We were all incredibly excited to hear that soon our construction site will begin to look more like a building. Once the concrete foundations are poured, they can begin with the framework. Meanwhile, at the 105th street offices, we are hard at work preparing ourselves for the big move by training staff and developing programs.