Groundbreaking ceremony held for future Dickinson facility

Dickinson Center, Inc. [DCI], formerly Dickinson Mental Health Center, held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning for their new facility along Servidea Drive atop Boot Jack Hill.The new facility will consolidate 10 distinct site- and community-based programs into a 28,200-square-foot facility and will house approximately 100 full- and part-time employees.Dickinson's chief executive officer Jack Goga gave a heartfelt presentation to board members, administrators, KTH-Hallstrom Construction, and to the county and borough officials who braved the cold to celebrate the birth of the facility."There is a rumor flying around that Dickinson is building a new facility," Goga said. "I am here today to tell you that is true and we are very fortunate to have a group of individuals in the name of KTH-Hallstrom building what will be a magnificent building for our organization."This is a project that has really been in the works for quite a few years. There has been an identified need for our organization; giving its growth and expansion particularly over the last 10 years, to really begin to think about the opportunity to consolidate our programs and coordinate our operations in a way that would be consistent with good business practices and being able to provide a more efficient level of care for our consumers and the residents of our community." A competitive bidding process this past spring resulted in KTH-Hallstrom, a regional design-build company in DuBois receiving the construction contract award. A guaranteed maximum price of $4,121,400 has been established for this building project. DCI has additionally received notification from Northwest Savings Bank of an approved commercial loan in the amount of $3.2 million for a 20-year term. The difference, or $921,400, will be paid for by a portion of agency capital investments, its general fund account, and/or net revenue distributions projected in fiscal year 2012. DCI has also initiated a search for other grant funding from private and corporate foundations to support the financing of this project.Pick up a copy of the Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.