A New Facility for Bridge House

26 January 2009

A New Facility for Bridge House

Woodward Design+Build is well underway with construction of the new Bridge House facility located at the corner of Earhardt and South Dupre. Woodward Design+Build is the General Contractor and Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is the Architecture Firm for this project.

The Times-Picayune

Bridge House on track with new headquarters

The Times-Picayune

27 January 2009

A four-story building under construction at the corner of Earhart Boulevard and South Dupre Street soon will become the new clinical headquarters for Bridge House, allowing the program to provide more beds for men being treated for substance abuse.

Construction of the 30,000-square-foot building, at a cost of more than $9.5 million, is just about on schedule and should be completed by September. It will be the first clinical headquarters building that Bridge House will own in its 52-year history, CEO Buzzy Gaiennie said.

The current Bridge House at 1160 Camp St., leased from a private company, will become a 45-bed halfway house for graduates of the treatment program, he said.

The construction is being financed through the GO Zone economic development program set up after Hurricane Katrina, he said.

Bridge House has embarked on an expansion program at a time when many nonprofits around the country have experienced cutbacks in donations. But Gaiennie is confident.

“We have our fingers crossed that it’s not going to affect us too badly,” he said.

He said Bridge House already has raised a considerable amount of money for the new building through its two annual fundraisers as well as money derived from its two thrift stores and used-car operation and donations from foundations, businesses and individuals.

The new facility will provide 104 beds, 19 beds more than at the current building. It also will include room for some administrative offices, six group rooms, a kitchen, cafeteria and dining hall and counselor offices, Gaiennie said.

“What we’ll be doing in the new facility is identical (to the Camp Street program), but we will have more beds,” he said.

Gaiennie said Bridge House is exploring the idea of providing medical detoxification at the new facility, though only a small percentage of the 300-plus men it treats annually need that…

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