Begins Construction on New HQ/Nonprofit Center
A place to collaborate is the reason Space Coast Health Foundation (SCHF) has selected the former Space Coast Bowl location in Rockledge to reconfigure into new headquarters and a gathering place for nonprofits.
Foundation Executive Director Johnette Gindling said the 30,000-square-foot site was purchased and is being remodeled to accommodate SCHF offices. It will also house the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard, a nationally accredited program of the organization offering multidisciplinary, multi-agency collaboration to improve community response to child abuse and neglect.
Additional space will be leased by nonprofit organizations, said Gindling, noting that 5,000 square feet still remain for this purpose. A large conference space will be available for nonprofits to lease for community events, fundraisers and trainings.
“We are so excited to be able to offer this service to local nonprofits, who can schedule and rent space for their events,” said Gindling. The space can accommodate up to 300 for lecture style (chairs and front podium area) or up to 175 for events (using round tables).
FROM DREAM TO REALITY
Tsark Architecture, LLC, (Melbourne) is handling the renovation and has drafted renderings, which are still being finalized, she said. The company has completed a number of high profile facilities in Brevard including Florida Eye Associates, Melbourne Central Catholic School, Patrick Air Force Base and Wickham Park. The new SCHF facility developed by Tsark offers a sleek, modern feel for the building’s exterior, which includes outdoor seating space and clean lines.
Greg Tsark, AIA, LEED AP, owner and principal architect, previously served as the vice president of facilities operations and university architect for Florida Tech. W&J Construction Corporation from Rockledge was retained for the build-out.
“W&J is well-known in our community for quality work and service to their clients. They were recommended by the owner’s representative for this project and I’ve also worked with them in the past,” said Tsark.
In fact, W&J has led projects all over Brevard and Central Florida for over 50 years, including new construction and reconstruction projects for other nonprofit organizations including Space Coast Early Intervention Center, Space Coast Field of Dreams, Health First/Bright Star locations and many others.
“W&J believes in giving back to the community; extending a helping hand. We are thrilled to be working through the steps of this construction project with the foundation and the Children’s Advocacy Center in order to make their dream a reality. A side benefit is reviving that area of U.S. 1,” says W&J Vice President Erik Costin.
Construction for the Space Coast Health Foundation headquarters is expected to begin this summer and will help further cement the organization’s footprint in Brevard.
The foundation is a public charity working on collaborative projects to meet the healthcare needs of the community. These needs are chosen through focus groups, one-on-one interviews and quantitative research to determine specific community health needs. The organization was established in October 2010 using the proceeds from the sale of Wuestho Health System, which had hospital and medical care facilities throughout the county.
“The vision of SCHF is to create a healthier Brevard,” said Gindling. This is done by supporting or establishing programs that provide access to care and services needed to address specific health concerns. Since 2014, the foundation has made more than $6 million in grants to local efforts that improve community health.
The foundation recently completed its third Dental Day at the Brevard Health Alliance in Port St. John. The event invites individuals in the community with no or restricted access to dental care to engage with local dental professionals who donate their time to help fix chronic issues. Other such events have been hosted in the central and south areas of the county.
Additionally, the foundation is providing Mental Aid First Aid training to specific working groups (law enforcement, teachers, healthcare workers, etc.) so they can learn the signs and symptoms, as well as appropriate responses, to people displaying symptoms of mental illness, which is estimated to affect as many as 1 in 5 U.S. adults each year. Michelle Obama and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of Ted Kennedy, have lauded the national model, which has trained more than one million first aiders since 2007.