The local non-profit group Tree Street Youth reached out to Harriman to provide professional expertise in studying a range of renovation and expansion options for their rapidly expanding community center. What started as an after school homework help program quickly grew to be one of Maine’s finest examples of community youth engagement in one of the state’s most socio-economically challenged communities. With such rapid growth and enthusiasm came a strong need for upgraded and expanded program space. Harriman was engaged to assist with the programming and design of the expansion of Tree Street Youth on their existing site.
An adjacent 5,500 sq.-ft. vacant warehouse was purchased by the center to be completely transformed inside and out while doubling current program space. Harriman worked side-by-side with Tree Street through their first ever capital building campaign focusing on the most efficient use of their minimal funding while creating an inviting and secure learning and play environment. Some features of the new space include a large indoor multi-purpose room that can be utilized for athletics, dance or performance, as well as new outdoor play areas and improved parking and site drainage.