General contractor Summit Design + Build, says it has started capital improvement upgrades at The Bloc, a local Chicago non-profit. In addition to providing complimentary construction management services and general contracting services, Summit is raising money via GoFundMe to cover the capital improvements costs.
The Bloc is more than a boxing club, the organization helps to train, tutor and mentor youth to academic, social and athletic success. The Bloc contributes to the momentum of improving Chicago’s future by attracting youth who are least likely to join mentoring and tutoring programs. Since being founded in 2016, the co-ed program has had a 100 percent high school graduation and college acceptance rates, helping hundreds of young people lay the groundwork for a successful future.
The Bloc previously ran its program in school cafeterias and spare classrooms but as the organization grew, they knew they needed a bigger space. They now operate out of a space of their own, in an old church in West Humboldt Park. The church needs numerous capital improvements in order to provide a safe and productive space for The Bloc’s youth. The Bloc’s upgraded space will be used for boxing as well as academic enrichment programs, team building and tutoring.
Multiple capital improvement upgrades have already been completed by the contractor, including flooring replacements, HVAC repairs, fire alarm upgrades, upgraded Wi-Fi installation, mechanical room work and upgrades to the tutoring room. Forthcoming capital improvements are set to include:
- gym ceiling removal & replacement and new paint on the walls & ceiling,
- kitchen upgrades with new appliances, flooring replacement, ceiling repairs, millwork replacement and a re-designed layout,
- numerous plumbing repairs,
- electrical repairs,
- exterior fencing,
- office wall repairs, and
- light fixture upgrades.
Summit says it is asking for donations to complete the project. It says in a statement that all donations will go directly towards the capital improvement upgrades for The Bloc. In addition to monetary donations, Summit is looking for businesses who are interested in donating time and/or materials to help complete the project. Those interested can reach out directly.