Groundbreaking for Barack and Michelle Obama Youth Center in Rochester

On October 18, our design team joined The Center for Teen Empowerment and state and local officials to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Barack and Michelle Obama Youth Center in Rochester.

Since 2004, the non-profit organization has employed Rochester youth as leaders, amplifying their voices, developing their skills, and positioning them as agents of change to uplift their community. The new 6,700 SF center, located across the street from its current location, will allow the organization to employ more young people, increase the number and size of community events, and provide a space for youth across Rochester to unite and influence the policies and practices that affect them and their neighborhoods.

The design includes staff offices and meeting spaces and expanded program space to safely accommodate youth events for up to 150 people. Enhancements will include a music recording studio/multimedia room, meditation room, library, conference room, two balconies and outdoor space for more creative programming and community collaboration.

SWBR is providing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and structural engineering design services for the project.

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