Relief Nursery breaks ground in Springfield
A new $3.9 million building near South 42nd Street and Jasper Road building is going up in Springfield for the Relief Nursery, a child abuse prevention program which provides a variety of counseling and crisis response services for families in the Eugene/Springfield area. This new building will help them reach more kids in Springfield.
Local philanthropist Robin Jaqua gave a $1 million gift and the building will be named the Relief Nursery Robin Jaqua Child and Family Center.Jaqua is a retired psychologist and widow of promiment local attorney John Jaqua.
Fundraising for the building began in 2009. So far the nonprofit agency has received about $3.1 million in pledges, donations and grants for the capital project, which will cost $3.9 million including land purchase, planning and construction.
The one-story building will replace the Relief Nursery’s Springfield operation, which is currently housed two separate locations -- a donated space in Emerald Village, a low-income apartment complex and a 3,000-square-foot office at 18th and M streets in Springfield that is used by administration and staff who visit families.
The new building will contain four therapeutic classrooms, a large motor-skill room, an outreach respite room, a speech therapy room, a mental health counseling and observation room, a family resource area for food and clothing, and a parent education and community meeting room. A main goal of the design is to provide families with a welcoming and safe environment that is connected to nature. A central courtyard with a children's playground will also be used to handle rainwater runoff.
Rowell Brokaw Architects is working with general contractor McKenzie Commercial Contractors of Eugene.