SARASOTA, Fla. — Halfacre Construction Company, a Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company, recently broke ground on a new 11,000-square-foot building for Harvest House, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the premise that all people deserve safe, stable housing and the opportunity to renew their hope and dream again.
Construction on the new Life Enrichment Campus and the repurposing of the existing 5,000-square-foot structure on site will include seven administrative offices, two private spaces for counseling, four classrooms, a 4,500-square-foot multipurpose space, two childcare spaces for different ages, catering kitchen and high exposed ceilings.
Located at 3650 17th Street in Sarasota, the $2.5 million project started in fall 2021 and is slated for completion in fall 2022. Halfacre Construction Company is performing the site development and construction of the new pre-engineered metal structure, and Zoller Autrey Architects is partnering on the project.
As the first infrastructure expansion dedicated to wraparound support services, the Life Enrichment Campus will be a hub for the community to access supportive and affordable housing, nutritious groceries, life-skills support, addiction recovery and more.
Currently, Harvest House provides life enrichment activities to more than 150 clients weekly. 100 of these clients attend classes five nights a week with no existing classroom infrastructure.
“Due to the increased demand for supportive and affordable housing, the need for our services is skyrocketing,” said Erin Minor, CEO of Harvest House. “In a time when depression and anxiety are at an unprecedented high, we are building a place to belong – where all people are welcome, where the love is louder and the light is brighter. This project is the foundation in the next phase of growth for Harvest House programs and services.”
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sunday, Jan. 9 at the future headquarters of the Life Enrichment Campus. The event attracted over 100 people. Prior to the ceremonial groundbreaking and photos, the crowd heard from Shaelina Holmes, chief operating officer of Harvest House; Erin Minor, chief executive officer of Harvest House; Daniel Minor, president of Harvest House, Mayor Eric Arroyo, City of Sarasota; and Jack Cox, president and chief executive officer of Halfacre Construction Company.
About Harvest House
Harvest House, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the premise that all people deserve safe, stable housing and the opportunity to renew their hope and dream again. As a pioneer in the transitional and permanent housing movement, it’s the only organization in Sarasota to participate in the development, preservation and management of affordable, service-enriched housing. This model is becoming the standard for serving families and individuals who are working to rebuild their lives. Harvest House believes that affordable housing and supportive programs improve the economic status of residents, revitalize neighborhoods and stabilize lives. For more information, visit harvesthousecenters.org.
About Halfacre Construction Company
Halfacre is the area’s oldest, most established, locally owned and operated private commercial construction company. Their foundational strengths stand as evidence that its commercial and industrial construction projects will be delivered on time, within budget, with the utmost integrity and with the expertise and financial strength needed for success. Halfacre Construction also offers its expertise as a Green builder with the knowledge and abilities to produce viable, effective alternatives to reduce energy consumption and preserve natural resources. Staff includes U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certified professionals who have demonstrated proficiency in green building practices and who possess a thorough grasp of the LEED Green Building Rating System. For more information, please visit www.HalfacreConstruction.com.
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