Chiles signs a roof truss at the Centers ceremony
SUN PHOTO/PAT COPELAND
By Pat Copeland
sun staff writer
ANNA MARIA Center officials,
Island elected officials and members of the community
gathered Thursday to celebrate the completion of the new
Island Community Center structure.
"We have reached the structural completion of the
project," Frank Mozeleski, construction administrator,
announced at a luncheon catered by Mr. Bones and the Sandbar
to celebrate the milestone. "Its the most beautiful
building on the Island. Its like a castle."
Mozeleski said the building is 45 percent complete, the
roof will go on in the next couple of weeks and the inside
will be finished in June with substantial completion 30
"Its quite a process weve been going
through up to this point," Tom Breiter, chairman
of the Centers board of directors said. "We
can see it taking shape and visualize the roof being on.
"To our supporters and donors who have contributed
along the way, we sincerely appreciate your help and efforts
to make this a reality. As we go forward, we appreciate
your consideration for continued support so we can offer
the programs to make this worthwhile."
Breiter thanked the Centers staff members, who have
been maintaining the programs in nine satellite locations
around the community during the construction process,
and Executive Director Pierrette Kelly for her passion
"Thank you for your generosity and sharing our vision
and for your commitment to making our community a special
place," Kelly told the crowd. "I also want to
thank Northern Trust Bank, which helped us secure a federal
bridge loan for the construction."
She urged those who have donated to take advantage of
naming opportunities in the new building in order to leave
their legacy to the community.
David Hanson, vice president of Walbridge Aldinger the
Community Centers designer/builder, which donated
$25,000 to the project, noted, "We get involved in
many projects, but one like this gets to the heart of
everybody involved. Forty firms and 400 tradesmen have
had some part in this effort. This is the type of project
that makes us proud."
The previous evening at the Centers board of directors
meeting, Mozeleski pointed out, "All the materials
were chosen for their longevity and all youll have
to do for the first 20 years is keep a good coat of paint
He said there is 140 mph impact-resistant glazing on the
windows, the floors are 18-inch thick concrete and the
walls are filed with concrete. Kelly added that Center
officials worked with FPL to make it an energy conservation
The building will not be a hurricane shelter but can function
as an immediate after-use facility, Mozeleski told the
board. Kelly said Center officials worked with the Red
Cross, which would send a shelter team to the Center following
a hurricane, if the Island is habitable.
Kelly said the capital campaign is in its last phase with
$1,037,436 left to raise. The community phase of the campaign,
called Give Where You Live, will begin soon and donation
jars will be put in Island businesses.