Guadalupe Family Center

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Guadalupe Family Center is a child care center which also offers life skill training to parents in economically challenged Immokalee, Florida. Immokalee is a diverse multi-cultural community which has historically been populated by migrant agricultural workers. As the town matures, more families have been putting down roots by living and working full time in the community. Second and now third generation children are being taught and cared for at the center.
The mission of Guadalupe Center is to promote self-sufficiency, opportunity and community stability. The organization is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty. The family center focuses on the very young child and their parents, by advancing early education, parenting skills and English as a second language.

The building project is currently in it’s second and final phase of development. Phase I is a 17,945 s.f. building which includes ten classrooms, administration offices, expandable meeting rooms and outdoor play space. Phase II will be a 14,275 s.f. building replacement of the original 10,000 s.f. facility. It will include eight additional classrooms, a new commercial kitchen, dining facilities and addition office/planning space.

The design of the building provides playful references to the alphabet, numbers, crayons and identifiable school building forms. Interior and exterior windows are placed for viewing by adults and young children. Daylighting is introduced into the interior of the building by insulated skylights, located strategically in high volume spaces at the center of classroom clusters, thus reducing the feeling of long corridors.

Guadalupe Family Center is appropriately located on "Hope Circle".

Palms Parking Garage

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The City of Palms Parking Garage is a 5-story, 187,000 square foot precast concrete structure which provides parking for 560 cars. The structure also provides 6,000 square feet of retail space at the street level.
The garage was designed to be sympathetic to its urban context and to be pedestrian friendly. It was also anticipated to be the gateway to downtown Fort Myers and to stimulate interest and activity in the newly created First Street Entertainment district. In addition to promoting business, the retail storefronts on two sides of the building exceed the pedestrian district requirements of providing a transparent glass storefront, promoting a pleasing experience for pedestrians in the district.

The design of the details, lighting, signage, streetscape, and the selection of colors were all part of a package intended to transcend the simple function of storing automobiles, and to become a tool to inspire urban renewal.

The project was also the first experience the City of Fort Myers had in the construction management approach to project delivery. The team of Gora/McGahey, Centex Rooney Construction, and the owner successfully teamed together to create a building which met all project goals of scope, quality, schedule, and budget.

Harlem Heights Community Center

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This center is the inspiration of one of the oldest, most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods in Lee County, Harlem Heights. It's foundation will raise +/- $2,000,000 to build this 13,000 square foot facility on a 5 acre site donated by one of their benefactors.The central location of this site will help integrate the existing ball fields and park with the rest of the neighborhood by establishing a recreation corridor accessible by pedestrians, bikes and automobiles. The building design on the site is an extroverted and dynamic composition of spaces that reach out to every corner of the site and to every member of the community.
The 250 seat cultural arts hall and the 6,000 square good education wing are joined by a grand circular lobby that will house various exhibits and receptions. The center will offer a variety of recreational and educational programs for children, teens, adults, and seniors. Groundbreaking is anticipated by the end of 2007