The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, December 12 for Meriter’s new Children’s Center, located at the corner of Mills and Mound Streets. Our construction firm, Findorff, received help shoveling soil from dozens of children who attend the Children’s Center.
“We are so excited to have all of our children in one brand new facility. We have been planning for this for so many years; we are thrilled to see our plans come to fruition,” explained Martha Harrison, Manager of the Children’s Center.
The new center will be 11,500 square feet and have 7 classrooms for children, ages 6 months to 6 years. The design concept for the exterior of the building was to keep in context with surrounding community architecture. The architects wanted to create a facility with a more residential feel, while using the same exterior motifs of Meriter’s current facilities.
The center also features an indoor gross motor room (or gym) for the toddlers and older children. An exterior playground will be created for the younger children, while the large existing playground off Longfellow will remain for the older children.
The two existing homes on the site were demolished in order to make room for the Children’s Center. In September, Habitat for Humanity ReStore salvaged many items from the two homes, while the Madison Fire Department used both buildings for training exercises. The building is expected to be complete by mid-summer, 2013.