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The Diocese of Southwest Florida reports:
Over 150 clergy and lay leaders of the Diocese of Southwest Florida gathered Tuesday, March 1 with builders and architects to break ground for a new Program Center and pool complex at DaySpring Episcopal Center.
The 12,500-square-foot center will serve as DaySpring’s primary facility for youth and adult programs, art and music recreation activities, retreats, teaching and worship.
The new program center replaces an aging portable building and represents the first of a multiphase, 10-year DaySpring master development plan initiated in 2014.
The Bradenton Herald adds these details:
“The architectural design has an emphasis on attention and appreciation to the wildlife areas and nature paths enjoyed by visitors at DaySpring,” said Jedd Heap, project architect. “As a vital centerpiece to the master plan, the environmentally friendly Program Center includes gathering spaces and porches that are covered by the natural overhangs of surrounding trees.”
Architects introduced energy reducing measures into the design by using increased wall and roof insulation, insulated glass, LED lighting and highly efficient air conditioning. In addition to the architect and builder, the project team for phase one includes the engineering firms ZNS Engineering, Hees & Associates, and ME3 Consulting Engineers.