Tis’ the season of giving! We wanted to do something special this year, combining our passion with our talents. Our architects donated time and resources to develop a new master plan for Janus Development Center to help them grow with the demanding need. In 1993, the non-profit moved into the old O’Malia Food Markets office and warehouse facility in Noblesville. They’ve significantly increased their programs since then, which means their facility needs some major renovations.
Hamilton County has been a great client of ours, both in the private and public sector. We could not think of a better way to give back than supporting an organization that is vital to the community.
“I can’t even begin to tell you what a gift this is to us,” said Christina Sorensen, interim president and CEO of Janus Development Services in Noblesville.
Janus provides local individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate and contribute to their community, whether it’s through employment training or independent living. Often times, students with disabilities graduate from high school and have very few options for employment. Janus’ work experience program helps smooth the transition from student to adult life, by offering a job coach that works with individuals to develop an employment plan.
“We’re helping them better utilize their current facility,” said American Structurepoint Architect Mike Hoopingarner. “We have taken the existing site plan and showed them how it could expand with all of their open space. We also showed them how they could better use their space for things like training.”
We’re helping them “dream big,” as we measured the current space and came up with a master plan that helps them expand their services and programs.
“We recognized that giving back is much more than writing a check; it’s a contribution of our time, energy, talents, and passion,” said Hoopingarner.
The master plan is being completed by Hoopingarner and his team of designers, with the help of Applied Engineering and Reitano Design Group. It includes several new features, including a commercial grade kitchen, which would allow them to teach job skills needed in the food service industry.
“It’s exciting to see our vision for the future in this master plan,” said Sorensen. “Ultimately, it’s about flexibility in the use of our space, as we look to expand and help even more people in Hamilton County.”
Janus is currently working to raise the funds to complete the renovation in 2015. If you would like more information or you would like to make a donation, click here.