JCJ’s relationship with the Boys & Girls Club (B&GC) goes back decades. It’s an institution that impacts communities nationally but was started in 1860 by three women who believed that boys roaming the streets needed a positive alternative. The B&GC of Hartford saw a need in the south end of Hartford for a new facility that could bring education and recreational support services to middle and high school students.
The City of Hartford offered land adjacent to the Alfred E. Burr Middle School within the Hartford School District. JCJ supported the B&GC by facilitating conversation between the B&GC, the Hartford School District and the City of Hartford, as well as, provided site feasibility. We then proceeded with programing, regulatory approvals, design and documentation. The new B&GC facility includes classrooms inclusive of a Homework room, Technology room, TV/Recording Room, Art Room,and Performing Arts room; in addition to the Games Room and Gymnasium. A Community Room is available for both B&GC activities or open to the public during off hours.
Additionally, JCJ is fortunate to have worked with a CM that embraced a highly collaborative approach to managing the budget. Understanding that, with every dollar saved on the building construction, another child can be served at the Club, BBE and JCJ were proactive in reaching out to resolve Value Engineering items. This has allowed the team to maintain integrity with the interiors and continuity on design of the building.