Paving the way to make an even bigger impact on the community it serves, today the Salvation Army celebrated the grand opening of its newly constructed Freedom Center. Continuing their dedication and outreach to the Chicago community, the new center was relocated from Chicago’s near west side to a six-acre site in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood.
Making an impact from the start, the Salvation Army’s commitment to the community began during construction. The project achieved significant minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprise participation goals as well as employed numerous local hires.
Bulley & Andrews proudly served the Salvation Army alongside Joint Venture Partner UJAMAA Construction providing construction management services for the new 187,000 SF facility, which is comprised of several interconnected buildings and courtyards and includes a transitional facility, a substance abuse program, computer labs, gymnasium, auditorium and Chapel. The facility was designed by Antunovich Associates.
Serving roughly 24,000 people a year by providing educational, community, recreational and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, the Freedom center is home to the Salvation Army Corps Community Center, Harbor Light Center, the Pathway Forward Program, and the Mobile Feeding and Outreach Program. The center not only provides much needed social services to the surrounding community, but the project reclaimed a former industrial site, transforming an entire city block. Bulley & Andrews served as general contractor for the demolition and remediation work performed to prepare the site.