GMA Architects and Planners to complete design and planning for new Harlem Heights Cultural Arts and Community Center
GMA Architects and Planners is completing design and planning services for the new Harlem Heights Cultural Arts and Community Center to serve the children and families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood in Fort Myers. The Harlem Heights Community Center is a 13,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility located on five acres at 15570 Hagie Dr. in Fort Myers.
Design features of the Harlem Heights Cultural Arts and Community Center include a 250-seat performing arts center, a 6,000-square-foot educational wing, a commercial/training kitchen, and a grand circular lobby that will house exhibits and receptions. Exterior features include an outdoor amphitheater, walking and biking paths including a pedestrian bridge to connect the property to the athletic complex across the canal that bisects the neighborhood. The facility’s “green” features include the use of energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, as well as the use of non-toxic materials.
“This project truly represents the strength and determination of the Harlem Heights community,” said Dan R. McGahey AIA, principal-in-charge, GMA. “GMA is very proud to be a partner in creating a place that celebrates the vibrant and diverse culture of Harlem Heights, where families can come together to develop new skills, attend special programs or enjoy arts and music. The Harlem Heights Community Center is a great example of the positive changes that happen when a community unites together.”
The Harlem Heights Cultural Arts and Community Center will provide after-school programs, senior day care, arts programs, computer and job training programs, family development services, summer camp and additional programs to meet the needs of residents.
In addition to McGahey, Bob Schuerman, GMA, serves as contract manager. Owen-Ames-Kimball is the construction management firm.
For more than 32 years, GMA Architects and Planners has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Florida Home Builders Association and the Lee County Building Industry Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit www.GMAarchitect.com.