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HomeAid San Diego teams up with Casa de Amparo to build new Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos

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The stage is set for the groundbreaking of Casa de Amparo’s new Casa Kids Campus on Nov. 16 in Twin Oaks Valley on 11.4 acres of land adjacent to San Marcos. With a Major Use Permit (MUP) acquired in March 2009, Casa de Amparo will start construction in January on its $14.3 million new facility, which will include a Children’s Services Center and three Children’s Shelter Cottages, totaling 32,000 square feet.

An RFP process facilitated by HomeAid San Diego and the Casa de Amparo Building Committee selected Grant General Contractors as the general contractor and HomeAid builder captain. Grant General Contractors will be providing construction management as well as contracting services. Under the guidance of Jim Grant and John Sandahl from Grant General Contractors, the project team has eagerly adopted the HomeAid building model of giving back by donating a significant amount of their time and talents to the Casa de Amparo project. HomeAid San Diego, in conjunction with the project team, is actively seeking donations of in-kind materials and labor to help reduce the cost of construction for Casa de Amparo.

Architects Michael LaBarre and Michael Stonehouse of Carrier Johnson have been instrumental in creating a campus plan that embodies the spirit of Casa de Amparo’s mission to support and heal those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect. The project is designed in an early California and Spanish Colonial style. The 19,265-square-foot Children’s Services Center will serve as the hub of the campus with classrooms for kids and staff training, recreation/activity rooms, and meeting space and offices for teachers, counselors and medical and administrative staff.

The Cottages are inviting, home-like residences that will provide emergency shelter for approximately 30 Casa Kids at a time who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse or neglect. The 11.4 acres of landscaped open space on the Casa Kids Campus is designed by Gillespie Moody Patterson with California natives and naturalizing plant material to provide a tranquil and rural campus-like setting for Casa Kids and their families to engage in outdoor therapeutic activities.

Construction will pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which will provide a sustainable environment and reduce future operating costs for Casa’s clients and their staff. Laura Andrews of Hurkes Harris Design created interior spaces that are both ecologically sound and aesthetically pleasing. Interior materials and resources are durable as well as soothing, addressing both the young, fun nature of the children and the necessary efficiency of the staff. Intentions can then be focused on the most important priority -- providing enhanced restorative services for vulnerable children and transition-age youth in an environment that actively assists in the healing process.

“We first partnered with Casa de Amparo in 2005 when we adopted their Casa Kids Campus as one of our major projects,” said Alexis Parker, executive director of HomeAid San Diego. “We will be bringing our real estate resources and building expertise to this project with in-kind donations to help defray the actual cost of construction. HomeAid San Diego is honored to be joining Casa de Amparo to complete their dream for the kids.”

North County Supervisor Bill Horn said, “Casa de Amparo has been a tremendous, life-saving outreach in caring for the needs of the most vulnerable children in North County. I am honored to have had the opportunity to recommend a grant to assist the organization’s capital campaign to build a new main campus in San Marcos.”

The Casa project team members, along with numerous subcontractors, are proud to be working with Casa de Amparo and their supporters to make the vision for the Casa Kids Campus a reality.

Casa de Amparo Project Team Grant General Contractors

Jim Grant, Construction Manager

John Sandahl, General Contractor Carrier Johnson Michael LaBarre, AIA, Principal Architect

Michael Stonehouse, Project Architect, LEED AP

Hurkes Harris Design Associates Inc.

Laura Andrews, Project Manager

Excel Engineering

Michael Levin, Vice President

Kurt Wilkins, Project Manager

Gillespie Moody Patterson Inc.

Marc Moody, Principal

Consultants Collaborative

Jason Simmons, Vice President

Davar & Associates Inc.

Gilbert Dilanchian, Principal

GLP Engineering Inc.

David Nelson, Senior Project Manager

Butsko Utility Design Inc.

Steven Shelby, Senior Project Manager

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