In 2019, the NETwork ministries had an opportunity to transform a vacant 1919 factory building into an Arts Center, Teen Center, and professional office space. Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates was honored to donate architectural design services and be a part of the team who assisted NETwork Ministries to meet their goals for the project.
The project is the recipient of the 2019 Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Property Improvement Award.
NETwork needed expertise to renovate the vacant factory and transform it into a vibrant space for children and teenagers within a tight budget. Thanks to over 420 community volunteers as well as donated architectural design, construction management services and numerous contractors donating both labor and materials the project became reality.
Overview of Major Improvements, Space Design + Construction Quality
Interior improvements included a dance studio space, activity rooms, homework rooms plus an indoor garden with grow lights so youth can start vegetables, flowers, and herbs for their community garden. Colorful acoustic panels were installed to add vibrancy to the space. All the furniture, including four pianos for music lessons, were donated by community members and the local Habitat ReStore.
Exterior Improvements included new roof and windows and a handicap ADA compliant ramp. Most notable was the transformation of a couple thousand square feet of gravel into green space which can be used for recreational activities including basketball and soccer.
Impact to the Organization, the Neighborhood + the Community Overall
NETwork Ministries serves 100 urban youth weekly through a variety of after-school and summer programs. Each of NETwork’s programs are intentionally designed to equip vulnerable children and teens with crucial skills to succeed in life. Students are given support in their educational pursuits, inspired to become lifelong learners and encouraged to pursue college or trade school opportunities. In addition to learning crucial life skills of respect, teamwork and responsibility, youth are also encouraged spiritually and given opportunities to grow as leaders.