Apr 28, 2014


Over 100 attendees celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking for The Action Center’s new Program Services Building


Lakewood, Colorado – The Action Center – together with Pinkard Construction and Ewers Architecture – recently broke ground on the new Program Services Building, the first phase of the Action Center’s three-phased, multi-year expansion project.

Attendees included Campaign Steering Committee members, Action Center Staff and Board members, City of Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy, City of Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, Jefferson County Commissioners Griffin, Rosier and Tighe and Jim Pinkard, president, Pinkard Construction.

The ceremony included speeches from numerous Action Center dignitaries, board members and project team members. Executive Director Mag Strittmatter said "I am ecstatic that we have arrived at the actual groundbreaking as a tangible illustration of how we will better serve our community.  Within these walls, we will better address the needs of our neighbors and collaborate more effectively with our partners to serve those needs. This is a big day for all advocates interested in the issues and solutions related to suburban poverty."

The Action Center’s phase I expansion is the renovation of the Cottonwood Plaza I office building, a 12,600 sf two-story brick structure. It will include installation of a stairway, elevator and loading dock/receiving area, and first floor gut and build out into a food and clothing distribution facility. The second floor gut and build out will include new office space, kitchen/break room and conference room.

The project also includes new roof top mechanical units and associated ductwork, new plumbing systems, new electrical service and distribution system. Construction is scheduled to complete late fall 2014. Estimated construction cost is $2.1 million. It is located at 8745 West 14th avenue in Lakewood, and is adjacent to The Action Center’s current facility. When complete, it will provide a highly proficient level of service to those in need for the next 20 years.

The Action Center’s phases II and III will address efficiencies and renovations in two other Action Center campus buildings and homeless shelter.

About the Action Center: The Action Center is a human-service non-profit organization that offers the single-most comprehensive range of services to struggling residents of Jefferson County and the homeless. We meet the immediate needs for our clients, treating them with respect and dignity. Then, we provide clients with the resources needed to develop pathways to self-sufficiency, breaking the cycle of poverty. You can learn about our services and ways to get involved by coming on a tour, visiting www.theactioncenterco.org or by contacting Amanda Slates at 303.237.7704.

About Pinkard Construction: With 52 years headquartered in the Colorado Front Range, Pinkard Construction Company is a leader in design-build and CM/GC services. The Cottonwood Plaza I project is Pinkard’s third project with The Action Center, and the fourth involving President Jim Pinkard’s personal involvement in project management, fund raising and in-kind donations. For more information, please contact Jim Mellor at 303.986.4555