$17.5 Million Lakeshore Foundation Expansion Complete

Sep 24, 2020 | News

This article originally appeared on AL.com.

Birmingham’s Hoar Construction has completed work on a $17.5 million expansion at the Lakeshore Foundation Master Campus in Homewood.

Construction began in 2017. The foundation, a non-profit that provides services and advocacy for people with disabilities, also serves as a training site for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic teams, with on-campus housing for athletes.

“The new Master Campus brings technological upgrades to Lakeshore that will significantly impact how they interact with trainers while providing more outdoor space for users to meet and stay active together,” Jeff Brasher, Project Manager at Hoar, said.

Included in the project was a 21,000-square-foot expansion of the campus multi-purpose facility. It includes a multimedia lab, tele-consultation suites, innovation lab, video production lab, nutrition lab, clinical exercise lab with demonstration kitchen, mindfulness lab, café, board room and office space. There was also a renovation of Wallace Gym which added more than 20,000 square feet of research space.

In Magnolia Hall, the existing 8,900-square-foot building was completely renovated to create space for The Children’s Hospital of Alabama, which now provides outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and hearing rehabilitation services for children and young adults.

The project also created several new outdoor spaces, including Campus Commons, a Contemplative Garden and a Woodland Walk.

Jeff Underwood, Lakeshore Foundation president and CEO, called the project a milestone.

“With the integration of new technologies, and the addition of more research and program areas in our new building, we are able to expand the wellness and activity offerings to reach more people in-person and online,” he said. “Coupled with outdoor spaces that connect our campus facilities and provide accessible outdoor fitness and mindfulness options, we are able to provide a more holistic and expanded experience for more people than ever before, including those without local resources or transportation issues.”

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