After more than a year of planning, a local nonprofit finally has a space it’s proud to call home.
Special Olympics Virginia has completed work on the second phase of renovations at its headquarters at 3212 Skipwith Road. The project as a whole cost $275,000 and expanded the office by about 800 square feet. The now 8,850-square-foot renovated building is an upgrade from what staff members describe as a once “drab” work space.
“We wanted something that reflects who we are, what we do, our brand and our mission,” President Rick Jeffrey said. “We want to bring volunteers into an inspirational space.”
The first phase of the project was completed over the summer of 2013 and focused mostly on the reception area. The second phase called for an overhaul of the rest of the office and the 800-square-foot expansion.
Gray carpet has been replaced with stark red, themed hallways that illustrate the organization’s four pillars of sports, health, education and community building. It has larger conference rooms and an altered floorplan that knocked down walls. Kristi Lane of Visible Proof designed the new office.
The organization itself has 31 full-time and six part-time employees across the state who gather regularly for staff meetings. The organization will now be able to host its staff members in its own office rather than renting outside spaces.
Phase three is likely in development for next year, said spokesperson Holly Claytor. It will include small details like changing carpet within individual offices. And a new sign is set for installation outside the building.
The project had multiple sources of funding. Special Olympics Virginia invested about $100,000, and the nonprofit gathered another $7,000 from donations. MeadWestvaco, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation and the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation were significant donors, the organization said.
More than $50,000 was given through in-kind donations. Dallan Construction was the general contractor, and many of its subcontractors worked for reduced rates or for free, said Dallan President Danny Meyer.
Construction on the office renovations started in July and was completed this month.
Special Olympics also renewed its lease and will be in the renovated space for at least 10 more years. The group has been a tenant in the building since 1998 under landlord Joe Hines of Timmons Group.
Special Olympics Virginia has six additional offices around the state, each with between one and three employees. Most of its funds come from corporate and individual donations and through its annual events.
In 2013, the organization brought in $4.9 million in revenue, with $4.3 million going toward expenses, according to Guidestar.com. Its special events brought in almost $1.9 million.