Church Center Made Accessible Due to Community Stewardship
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Three Larson Design Group employees were instrumental in helping a local church center become more accessible to its congregation.

Robert Weaver, PLS, Project Designer with Site Engineering; Mansoor Khan, EIT, Project Designer with Facilities Engineering; and Lawrence Huber, AIA, NCARB, Project Manager with Brand Architecture, designed a ramp for the West End Christian Community Center (WECCC) in Williamsport.

Bob Weaver is a long-time member of the Saint John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, the congregation which sponsors the WECCC ministry. He says the need for a ramp was obvious. According to Weaver, “The WECCC has an older ramp at the rear that only provided access to one area of the building. They wanted a better solution to make more of the building accessible for the many programs offered there.” Weaver enlisted the help of Huber and Khan; Huber conducted the architectural site survey, architectural design of the ramp, railings, and canopy, and provided consultation during construction. Khan provided structural engineering design services and construction consultation. Weaver, Khan, and Huber donated their time, while materials were donated by Sanso Concrete and Jasper Railings.

After months of anticipation, the ramp was officially dedicated on June 21st, 2013. Margie Thompson, Director of WECCC, was thrilled with the results. “I feel truly blessed to have an entrance that welcomes everyone to the Center. The ramp has made it possible for all people, disadvantaged or otherwise, to access our building more safely and easily. Since the project was completed, I have noticed an increase in wheelchair bound individuals coming to our facility to avail themselves of our programs and services.”

Mr. Khan was equally delighted by the opportunity to help. “At Larson Design Group, we have been successful, and I believe success is not just a reward; it is a responsibility,” he said. “My contribution, though minor, was significant in that it provided me an opportunity to satisfy one of my core values—giving back to the community.”

Lawrence Huber agreed. “I derived a great deal of personal satisfaction in being involved in a project that will benefit people today and for generations to come, long after I am gone and forgotten.”

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