The U.S. Green Building Council-Long Island Chapter (USGBC-LI) and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network are teaming up to create a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly community center at the LGBT Network’s newly acquired Patchogue facility at 7 Crossway Blvd off of Sunrise Highway/Route 27. A historic groundbreaking ceremony took place on Earth Day, Friday April 22nd at 10 AM. As the first LEED certified LGBT center on the East Coast and just the third in the nation, this facility will be at the forefront of sustainable technologies and materials. The LGBT Network has received a $500,000 NYS Regional Economic Development Council Award and a $500,000 matching capital grant from the Calamus Foundation to create this new 18,000 square-foot facility, the Network’s 5th location.
"We are so proud to be a partner on this project,” said USGBC-LI Chairman of the Board Sammy Chu. “The consideration of LEED and environmental sustainability by the LGBT Network is an indication of the thoughtfulness through which they approach service to community. The award from NYS is additional validation of their leadership, vision, and dedication. Also to be commended is Port Jefferson-based architect Paul Cataldo, who led the design effort. He has designed an exceptional building that will include innovative sustainable practices such as rainwater collection to support irrigation needs, re-charging stations for electric vehicles, geothermal heating and cooling, and solar power for the facility, as well as for parking lot lighting.”
This center will be the first in the region to provide a wide range of essential services addressing healthcare, social services and other critical programs for Long Island’s growing LGBT community.
“We are excited to partner with the USGBC-LI Chapter to bring much needed services and jobs to our region, while changing the landscape of life for Long Island’s LGBT families for generations to come. This generous support will make it possible for Long Island families to have access to a multitude of health and human services and a first-class eco-friendly place to build community and celebrate our lives,” said David Kilmnick, founder and Chief Executive Officer of the LGBT Network.
The anticipated completion date for the facility is late spring 2017.
Check out the numerous articles below for coverage of the groundbreaking, which marks a very important milestone for both the LGBT Network and the USGBC-LI.