With Ashley’s Place Groundbreaking, Children with Disabilities Can Go to Camp;
KBE Building Corporation & BL Companies Donate Services
FARMINGTON, Conn., Dec. 9, 2013 — Remember your first childhood camp experience? Of course, you do. Now imagine that you’re a child with medical disabilities, and camp is out of reach because you require 24-hour nursing assistance. Camp is another childhood rite of passage only accessible for other kids; sorry, but you’ll just have to miss out yet again.
With the newest addition to the Channel 3 Kid’s Camp, this sad reality is no longer the case. “Ashley’s Place” is the namesake of Ashley Lovellie, a beautiful little girl who always dreamed of going to camp during her too-short life that ended when she was 13. Her multiple special needs made that dream impossible to achieve.
Ashley’s Place is a fully accessible, 64-bed, 4,412-sf, dormitory-style cabin that will feature 24-hour nursing for children with special needs from across Connecticut. Construction of Ashley’s Place began on November 4 and is expected to be complete in April 2014 in time for next summer’s camp season.
Funded primarily by a $500,000 gift from the Ashway House Charitable Trust Foundation, Ashley’s Place will make it possible for children with disabilities to enjoy camp activities in an inclusive environment. Ashway House Charitable Foundation Trust is a nonprofit organization that provides support to families of children with special needs; Kathy Lovellie, Ashley’s mother, is president of the Ashway House Charitable Trust Foundation and a member of the Board of the Channel 3 Kids Camp.
KBE Building Corporation (www.kbebuilding.com) and BL Companies (www.blcompanies.com) are donating their construction and design services, respectively. The firms are also working with subcontractors and suppliers to obtain donations, having amassed more than $40,000 to date, with other donations pending.
KBE previously built the Health Lodge at the camp, and the company is scheduled to renovate and expand Freeman Hall, a 4,357-sf residence hall, in 2014.
Pictured at the groundbreaking, from left, are: Jan Rodrigue, president of Channel 3 Kids Camp Board of Directors; Klarn DePalma, VP/ General Manager of WFSB Channel 3; Kathy Leveillee, president of the Ashway House Charitable Trust Foundation and Ashley’s mother; Denise Hornbecker, executive director of Channel 3 Kids Camp; Mike Kolakowski, president and CEO of KBE Building Corp.; and Rai Muhlbauer, director of Architecture at BL Cos.
About KBE Building Corporation
Regionally located in Farmington, Connecticut and Columbia, Maryland, KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. KBE has managed more than $2.5 billion in construction volume over the last decade, and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally.
About BL Companies, Inc.
BL Companies, an employee-owned firm, is a leader in delivering high-quality, integrated architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying services to public and private clients for land development, building design, and infrastructure projects. Our multi-discipline approach and integrated services allows us to provide creative, sustainable solutions to meet each client’s specific project needs. Founded in 1986, BL Companies has 11 offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Texas. For more information, visit www.blcompanies.com.
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