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NEW LIFE FOR THE GA HOME

by Tracy Will
Wed, Jul 15th 2009 09:30 am
 

CIR began work at the Gustavus Adolphus (GA) Children's Home in Jamestown this past January just as they were celebrating 123 years of service in the region.  CIR is working for construction manager LPCiminelli on the renovations designed by Habiterra Architecture and MEP Engineer, H.F. Lenz.  The current, star-shaped facility, consisting of a central hub and five wings, was constructed in 1968, replacing the original 1886 building.

The facility, currently referred to as Gustavus Adolphus (GA) Family Services, has a rich history as an affiliate of Lutheran Social Services.   The Home, which opened its doors to 12 children on January 27th, 1886, was established to care for Swedish immigrant children orphaned upon or shortly after their arrival to this country, ensuring they would receive the same religious upbringing as that of their Lutheran parents.  It was established by the Augustana Synod of the Lutheran Church and continues to be an Affiliate of Lutheran Social Services today, but at a slightly different capacity than its original intent.

During the tenure of Mr. and Mrs. J. Oscar Peterson as Superintendent and Matron of the Home, concurrent with the Great Depression and strict immigration laws, the need for an orphanage diminished.  It was during this time that the mission of the Home began to develop into what it is today; a treatment center for emotionally disturbed youth and their families.  Today GA Family Services boasts "hundreds of thousands of success stories" and even has its own school on-site.

The electrical contract includes several upgrades to the current facility.  CIR is installing new electrical service, an upgraded electrical distribution system, branch wiring and wiring for new HVAC being installed by MLP Plumbing.  The contract also includes all new, energy-efficient lighting throughout the building and all new security and site lighting outside.  In addition, CIR will be installing a new addressable fire alarm system and additions and upgrades to the security access control and CCTV systems and the computer network.

This project, run by CIR Project Manager Eric Taylor and Foreman Electrician Andrew Brown on-site, is expected to be complete in December of this year.

 

For more information on the GA Children's Home and GA Family Services visit:

http://www.lutheran-jamestown.org/ga.htm  and

http://www.gafamilyservices.com/

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