- 4 additional rooms for infants and toddlers will accommodate 40 additional children.
- The JCC has a waiting list for every classroom as a result of the rapid growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. This project will provide additional space for childcare to serve this and other nearby employers.
- New space will replace dated and inadequate current space for the Kid’s Place After-School Program that currently serves 100+ children. A new, first floor office for Kid’s Place will also be built.
- A new, fully-accessible multi-purpose basketball, pickle ball and other sport space for young teens and families will be created on the lower level thanks in part to a grant from Variety Club of Buffalo. Necessary storage space will be included in an adjacent space.
- A new 1800 sq. ft. indoor playground will be built on the first floor by enclosing the rear patio adjacent to infant and after-school spaces.
- The lower level will be repurposed to include new HVAC, windows and secure access for group fitness, Yoga, Pilates, cycling, personal training, massage, stretching and multi-purpose meeting space.
- The gym will receive a new roof.
- Enhanced security and access control will be central to the project.
- A new elevator designed to separate fitness members from early childhood access will be built.
- Brand new, energy-efficient windows will be installed on the first floor that match windows installed on second floor four years ago.
- The project is expected to provide an additional $250,000 in net revenue as a result of program expansion and increased membership in the second year following construction, enhancing the sustainability of the agency.
- Approximately 20 new jobs are expected to be created.
Our New indoor playground is beginning to emerge!
Our new window frames have arrived and are ready for placement in the classrooms on the lower level. These newly renovated classrooms will house group fitness, yoga and cycling classes and will feature the beauty of natural light.
About a month from now, we will begin the annual cycle of Torah reading in which G-d creates the universe. On the first day, G-d creates light, in a similar vein; the JCC will be installing windows on the lower level of the Holland Family Building! The frames for these windows, which were delivered today, are pictured above.
TODAY:The first of many new windows are being installed today at the front of the building in a room that will house 12 more infants and toddlers in our Early Childhood Center. When the new rooms are finished, we will be able to reduce our long waiting list of families who will be bringing us htier newborns next summer.
THIS WEEK:Construction is slightly delayed due to a few technical issues but our great general contractor BRD Construction, is working hard to make the time up.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo
June 20, 2017
Richard Zakalik, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo announced a construction start date of July 5th, 2017 for the Holland Family Building at 787 Delaware Ave. The project was originally announced more than a year ago. Plans have been reviewed by the Linwood Association and have been approved by the City of Buffalo Preservation Board.
Construction will include the enclosure of an 1800 square feet patio facing Linwood Avenue at the back of the building. An indoor playground for young children will be constructed for member families and participants in the JCC’s Early Childhood program. That program has grown from fewer than 60 children ten years ago to more than 200 children when the project is complete. JCC president Susan Freed-Oestreicher noted that: “The growth of our program, due in part by the rapid growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, has given us the confidence to expand our facilities and provide state-of-the-art space for our children and members.”
Additional work will reconfigure and modernize space for 40 additional infants and 20 additional after-school participants. Relocation into extensively renovated space will happen for group fitness classes, cycling, Yoga and adult discussion groups. New windows, HVAC systems, lobbies and entrances will complete the multi-million dollar project. Work is expected to be completed in time for the beginning of the 2018 school year and the 70th anniversary of the construction of the international style building. K1 Architecture is the architect and BRD Construction is the project manager.
Major funding for the project will come from a matching grant provided by the Nathan Benderson Family, longtime supporters of the JCC and many other Western New York, not-for-profit agencies that benefit families and underserved populations. Variety Club of Buffalo is providing funds for a fully-accessible basketball and play space to be created from an under-used racquetball court. Additional funding will be sought over the next few years from government sources, foundations, corporations and private individuals. Naming opportunities are available for many of the to-be-created spaces.
The JCC of Greater Buffalo is a non-profit agency with a mission to improve the lives of the Jewish and general communities of Western New York. Support is received from the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo and the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. Services provided include health, fitness, recreation, education, cultural arts and camping to its more than 9,000 members and the general public. Membership is open to all without regard to race, religion, economic status or sexual orientation. A second location is in Getzville at 2640 North Forest Road. For further information call 688-4033.