Significant donations of time and material from the local construction community, supplemented by private monetary donations, has made a dream come true for Piedmont Women’s Center in Greenville, S.C. The faith-based organization now has a modern facility five times larger than its previous clinic thanks to the in-kind contributions of architects, engineering firms, general contractors, specialty trade contractors, and material suppliers. A building dedication ceremony for the new Piedmont Women’s Center Pregnancy Medical Clinic was held on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
According to the Rob Wess, director of construction and development, and others involved in the project, the teamwork was impressive — especially given the size of the project and the fact that many of the firms are competitors under normal business circumstances.
“The project was unprecedented in our community. Hundreds of people worked tirelessly to deliver a state-of-the-art medical clinic that will serve us for years to come,” said Wess. “We have been blessed with the involvement of so many trades from the local construction industry. It’s remarkable to see many competitors working side by side on this project. Three architectural firms, 7 engineering firms, 10 general contractors and more than 150 subcontractors and suppliers all working together in harmony! It’s also amazing to build a facility of this scope and size without contracts with any of the companies involved. It was a project completed by their word and a handshake.”
Over the project’s two-and-a-half-year lifespan, donations included a wide array of products and services, such as architectural design, engineering, building systems design, interior design, HVAV, electrical, plumbing, concrete, framing and other trades providing both materials and labor.
The new 8,000 square-foot, $2 million facility will allow Piedmont Women’s Center to expand its free women’s services. The construction community’s donations covered more than 75 percent of the building cost, or $1.6 million.
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About Piedmont Women’s Center — For 28 years, Piedmont Women’s Center has served women with pregnancy related needs by operating a free medical clinic offering physical care and personal guidance. The mission of Piedmont Women’s Center is to provide excellent medical information and services to women with pregnancy-related needs, in an environment that celebrates life and affirms the individual worth of every client. Piedmont Women’s Center saw their first client On April 2, 1991. Twenty eight years and 70,000 clients later on April 2, 2019, Piedmont Women’s Center saw the first client in their new facility. For more information, visit https://piedmontwomenscenter.org/