Central Union Mission

Washington,

Social Services Facility Relocation Program Management

In June 2006 Central Union Mission was planning to move from its location in a former 1930s-era car dealership to a new building designed as a 21st century, full service social services facility. This new facility would provide the mission with the opportunity to improve its services, increase its programmatic capacity, eliminate physical plant deficiencies, and reduce staffing inefficiencies. B&D was hired to manage all aspects of this relocation. Our responsibilities included: real estate acquisition, community relations management, capital campaign planning, architect selection, program development, lender selection, pre-construction zoning and permitting, and owner’s rep services. Political delays caused the project to go on hold until 2011 when we were brought back to complete our services. The new facility will provide much-needed spaces for neighborhood programs and services including a dining facility, spaces for overnight guest ministries, a social services resource center, job training space, a literacy classroom, meeting space, offices, and medical/dental/legal clinics. The project endured numerous external challenges, including political obstacles, an earthquake, a delayed lease, deteriorated mortar, contaminated soil, zero lot line challenges, and overcoming gas disputes. Central Union Mission successfully opened its new self-financed and -funded $14.5 million facility in 2013.