The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville is getting a major upgrade.
The nearly 34,000-square-foot addition will be built onto the south side of the club's existing Community Center at 150 N. 17th St. The center is used for basketball and volleyball leagues, cheerleading, adult leagues and various tournaments.
The new addition will include a gym, cafeteria and outdoor green space, and will provide the club the ability to expand programming for children from kindergarten to 12th grade.
The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, founded 64 years ago, launched a capital campaign to fund the new building last February. About $4.2 million of the $6 million goal has been raised.
Leaders with the not-for-project say the new facility is needed to keep up with the growing number of children it serves. The club is housed at 1448 Conner St., in the former Noblesville High School building, which was constructed in 1910. It has 45,000 square feet of space, but only 22,500 square feet is usable. It is used for afterschool and summer programs.
Last year, 927 children participated in educational programs, and 1,200 took advantage of character and leadership programs. Since 2010, the club has increased membership by 22 percent. The new facility will give the club enough space to increase membership by 53 percent..
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017 and take a year to 18 months to complete. Indianapolis-based consulting firm Core Planning Strategies is directing the project with Indianapolis-based Axis Architecture + Interiors and Fishers-based The Hagerman Group as the general contractor.
Development director Stephanie Miller said there is interest in re-using the club's current space, but nothing has been finalized.
“We are excited for this project to get underway,” executive director Becky Terry said in a written statement. “Having one centralized campus with the ability to create more program space and add green space will give us the environment to provide additional programs and serve the youth of our community on a larger scale.”