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Second floor refurbishment completes total renovation of the de Paul Center

Group in break room

In a breakroom on the second floor of the de Paul Center are (from left): Roger Korell, John Wesolowski, Sister Kathleen Popko, and Randall Locklin.


 

The SP Development Team credited with directing the renovation of the de Paul Center’s entire second floor (approximately 12,000 square feet)—is feeling a sense of accomplishment. And well they should. It was only in April that they first learned of the Center for Human Development’s (CHD) interest in leasing the floor as office space and of CHD’s hope to move in sooner rather than later!

The Development Team included Sister Kathleen Popko, SP President; John Wesolowski, the SP’s CFO; Roger Korell, Providence Place’s Director of Plant Operations; and Randall Locklin of Locklin Construction, general contractor for the project.

The non-profit CHD provides a broad range of critical social and mental health services to 18,000 clients.

By late June, Wesolowski reported, “The build out of the space is starting immediately.” The first phase involved demolition of the building’s former bedrooms, outdated rest rooms, former chapel and other office spaces previously utilized by the Brightside ministry, now situated at nearby Providence Hospital.

By September HVAC, plumbing and electrical work was at peak levels. Contractors were installing information technology systems, dropping ceilings, constructing walls; and installing an air handling unit on the building’s roof. The transformation included freshly-painted and carpeted offices, meeting rooms, a conference room, two colleague break rooms, four rest rooms, an exercise room, and technology space. A 45-space parking lot was added at the north end of the de Paul Center as well.

View of parking lot

Completing impressive project
According to Sister Kathleen, “The transformation of this considerable second floor space—in such a short time—is impressive to behold. It took significant coordination of the various trades, collaboration among the parties involved, and diligent oversight to achieve this fine outcome.” She added, “With the completion of this project, the entire de Paul Center facility is totally renovated and fully occupied.”

Wesolowski added, “This is a wonderful accomplishment for the Sisters of Providence to bring this human service agency and other health service entities into the building.” Other tenants in the building include Mercy LIFE (PACE) program, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, on the ground floor, and Trinity Health At Home (home care and hospice) and Mercy Care Alliance, all on the first floor.

 

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