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HEARTSPRING CAMPUS EXPANSION

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G10 — Our new group home will serve 12 more children and their families. G10 features a new open floor plan, designed to foster student safety and independence.

Pediatric / Autism Services Addition — We will expand and streamline our services to address the need for the therapies and interventions we provide for children.

Cafeteria — Our cafeteria remodel and expansion increases our seating capacity from 56 to 84 individuals. It will also feature a streamlined design, planned with our students in mind.

Group Home Remodel — We will be updating our six on-campus group homes to better meet our students’ needs and give them their best possible home at Heartspring.

CIE & Music Building — By moving these two programs to a new area specifically designed for them, we will open up space for three additional classrooms.

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Expanding Possibilities

Heartspring is a lifeline to the children and families who rely on us for support. We remain a premier provider of services for children with special needs, both locally and nationally. Our programs have grown steadily since moving into our campus in 1998. We have maximized the use of all of our spaces, but saw the need for our services to continue to grow.

Families, filled with fear and anxiety, contact Heartspring every day looking for a place for their children, but because of our lengthy waiting lists, they had to wait months or years until their children can have access to the life-changing programs Heartspring offers. To meet this need, we put together a plan to expand our campus and services.


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Campaign Goals

1

Eliminate waiting lists and reduce the time it takes for children to receive our services

2

Develop multi-purpose spaces that are designed for us to expand if further growth is necessary and flexibly meet changing programming demands

3

Create sustainable spaces that are durable and cost efficient with self-sustaining programs that require no additional overhead
New Group Home Virtual Tour

New Group Home - G10

G10 Photo 1
On average, students spend 141 days on the Heartspring school’s waitlist. The construction of our newest home, G10, allows us to meet our current and future space needs.
G10 Photo 2
The new 9,135 sq. ft. structure will have 12 bedrooms.
G10 Photo 3
G10 features a new open floor plan designed to foster student safety and independence. Heartspring staff will have line-of-sight over the entire living, dining and recreation area.
G10 Photo 4
There are designated areas for different student activities like leisure, dining, academics and group activities.
G10 Photo 5
Having a specific area for each part of a student’s home helps promote structured learning, which is being used in the classrooms.
G10 Photo 6
We will cut down on repair costs with furnishings and materials that are more durable and able to withstand aggressive behaviors.
G10 Photo 7
The new space will be designed to specifically meet the challenging physical demands our children place on it with more durable materials and an open-floor plan.

New Group Home

The average time a child spends on Heartspring’s school waitlist is 141 days. That’s 141 days for families to wait in crisis mode.

Heartspring’s residential program is the last hope for many families of children with special needs. Parents and guardians who come to us have exhausted the resources near their homes and are looking for a place that can keep their children safe while helping them grow and build independence.

We designed this home to specifically meet the challenging physical demands our children place on it. We’ve focused on durability, design and efficiency, taking what we’ve learned works and what doesn’t work in our current homes and incorporating it into the plans for the new group home.

G10 opened in January 2018.

By The Numbers


  • $2,310,000
    Estimated Cost

  • 9,135 sq. ft.
    Additional Living Space

  • 12
    New Student Bedrooms

Austism Services Addition Virtual Tour

Pediatric Services/Autism Services Addition

To address the waitlist and ever-growing need of our services, we are building onto our Pediatric Services building so we can add and streamline services.
Our Autism Services employees and services will move into the Pediatric Services area. This includes programs such as Applied Behavior Analysis, CARE Clubs and therapies.
The expansion includes six new therapy rooms, six new office spaces, a new mother’s nursing room, two additional conference rooms and an expanded waiting area.

Pediatric Services / Autism Services Addition

Imagine being told your child was different, and he or she would need special interventions and treatments. Imagine you were told the sooner you were able to get these services the better. After all of this, imagine you found a place that sounded perfect for your child. Then, imagine you learn that it may be months if not years before your child can actually attend.

Many of the families seeking help from Heartspring’s Pediatric Services or Autism Services programs waited up to two years to be seen by a therapist. We expanded and remodeled our facility to help address the ever-growing need for the therapies and interventions we provide for children.

The Pediatric Services and Autism Services project was completed in November 2017.

By The Numbers


  • $1,030,000
    Estimated Cost

  • 5,300 sq. ft.
    Expansion of Space

  • 90 per week
    New Therapy Slots

  • 6
    New Therapy Rooms & Offices

  • 2
    Additional Conference Rooms

  • 25%
    Increased Program Capacity

Cafeteria Virtual Tour

Cafeteria Expansion and Remodel

Our school campus was constructed in 1998. Since then, we’ve gone from 320 meals served a week to over 1,300 without adding any square footage to accommodate for growth.
To reduce costs, we will use our existing roofline and foundation, and we’ll move the exterior wall out to meet where the current patio is.
Seating will expand from 56 to 84 people.
The food pick-up area will have a new streamlined design, making the food pick-up process faster by cutting down on congestion and improving visibility for all staff.
The current center partition will be removed for better line of sight, creating a more open floor plan to increase staff visibility and student independence.
We are adding a walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer.
The cafeteria's aesthetics will also be updated with new, sensory-friendly paint, new tables and booths and additional noise-dampening material.

Cafeteria Expansion and Remodel

Since 1998, when the Heartspring campus was first constructed, we’ve doubled the number of students we serve and increased the meal preparations from one meal a day to three meals a day going from 320 meals served a week to over 1,300 without adding any square footage to accommodate for growth.

Mealtime for our students is more than getting the food to fuel them through the day, it’s also a valuable learning experience. The students acquire extremely important social and life skills like how to properly feed themselves, use utensils or ask food service employees for what they want.

The new cafeteria provides a space for valuable learning opportunities and solves many of our safety concerns. The old cafeteria was cramped, making it difficult for staff to consistently have easy access to our students in case of a behavior. Because safety is our top priority, the new cafeteria provides a open floor plan with better lines of sight. We updated the space with sensory-friendly paint and noise-dampening materials. The kitchen was remodeled to create a streamlined food services area and additional food storage.

The new cafeteria and kitchen were opened in October 2017.

By The Numbers


  • $570,000
    Estimated Cost

  • 3,270 sq. ft.
    Cost-effective Expansion

  • 56 to 84
    New Expanded Seating

Group Home Remodel

For our students, Heartspring is much more than just a school, it is a home for nearly sixty children. This is where they eat, sleep, relax, learn and grow. Our campus has seen birthday parties, holidays, triumphs and many memories.

In order to provide an updated, home-like environment in our on campus group homes, we replaced the particleboard cabinets in the kitchens with durable solid-wood cabinets and remodeled the bathrooms. We also added new lighting, sound-dampening materials, and sensory-friendly colors to support our students with autism.

The group home remodels were completed at the end of 2017.

By The Numbers


  • $600,000
    Estimated Cost

  • 6
    Homes Updated

CIE and Music Building Virtual Tour

New CIE / Music Building

We plan to move our Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) program and music program into a building created specifically for them.
The CIE area is modeled like a typical workplace with multiple work areas as well as a break room.
The space has its own bathrooms and alternative rooms for the convenience and safety of students.

New Competitive Integrated Employment / Music Building

The number of students served in our school has more than doubled while the number of classrooms available to students has not. To meet the needs of children with special needs and their families, Heartspring needs more space. Currently, we have nine classrooms available to our students. With the addition of our tenth group home, we need additional classrooms. We have moved our Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) program to a temporary space to open a new classroom for the 2017/18 school year. While we need more classroom space, both the CIE and Music programs are invaluable to our students’ enrichment and preparation for life after Heartspring. Children build vocational skills through classroom work, school-based internships and community-based internships. Our music program provides an outlet for our students to express themselves and learn in a new way.

To add the additional space we need and also keep these two programs running, we’ve added a second phase to our building project — the construction of a CIE/music addition. We will construct a more than 5,000 sq. ft. building to address the specific needs of both programs. The programs will define the space instead of the space defining them. In CIE, this will enable us to create an environment that closely models the work conditions the students will see later in life setting them up for a path to greater independence. This addition will allow us to keep up with the need for and quality of our services and plan for our future.


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By The Numbers


  • $990,000
    Estimated Cost

  • 5,174 sq. ft.
    New Space

  • 50% of students
    Participate in CIE Program

  • 8 Months
    Construction Timeline

For more information on our campus expansion project and donation opportunities please contact:

Stacie Williamson

Director of Development

swilliamson@heartspring.org
316.634.8816

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