Designed, Built and Open for Business, Port Counseling Center, a Division of Long Beach Reach, Ribbon Cutting
Melville, NY: On June 15th, 2017 The Port Counseling Center, a Division of Long Beach Reach Youth and Family Services, had an extraordinary ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating both the opening of their newly renovated facility and the achievement of completing a challenging project.
For good reason, the Board of Directors were proud that during the 14 month duration of construction, office operations were impacted for only three days. It is a testament to the staff’s dedication that they could continue seamless operations under less than optimal conditions.
“Long Beach Reach provides a really great service to the community. The staff is kind and to be able to create a warm, welcoming space for them to provide services to their clients, is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job as an architect” said Katie Stone, RA, LEED AP, Project Architect, H2M architects + engineers.
This project wasn’t without challenges. Due to the age of the building there needed to be extreme attention and care given to the structural foundation and the wood framing. The structure was from the early 1900’s and it was important to the Board of Directors, and all involved, that the historical integrity and aesthetics of the structure be maintained. The project started in 2014 with a feasibility study completed by H2M architects + engineers, who were later hired to design and provide construction administrative services working with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (who served as the construction manager) to complete this project.
Long Beach Reach has served community residents since 1970, providing comprehensive social, psychological, educational and legal assistance to individuals and families. Their mission is to reach out with counseling, treatment and educational services in both English and Spanish.
Individualized treatment plans are developed in collaboration with clients and may include: individual, group or family psychotherapy, psychiatric and psychological evaluations, chemical dependency education, play therapy for children, parent education, and educational/vocational counseling. For more Information about the program please visit : http://www.longbeachreach.com/