ORB chosen as Owner’s Representative for Itasca County Family YMCA Project

On Friday, September 20, 2013, the Itasca County Family YMCA Advisory Committee named ORB Management as their Owner’s Representative for the planning, design and construction process of an expansion and renovation of their existing facility in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

This project is a unique collaboration of the YMCA, ElderCircle, the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital. It will include an Active Living Center, clinic space, Adult Day Stay area and improvements to key YMCA program spaces. The Advisory Committee’s goal is to have the $4 – 5 million project up and running by fall of 2014.

Betsy McBride, Executive Director, on behalf of the Advisory Committee, stated that ORB was selected because the company has: 1) an outstanding track record advising on other YMCA projects; 2) the leadership skills and ability to align multiple stakeholder groups with common, unified goals; 3) shared values with the YMCA; and 4) demonstrated care for people and safety over care for just a project.

Tom Wacholz, ORB’s President, will facilitate and lead the project planning, design and construction processes with the Construction Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from the YMCA, City of Grand Rapids, ElderCircle and the community at large. According to Wacholz, “Qualifications bring opportunities. It’s the intangibles that create trusted partnerships and lasting relationships. Equipped with our passion for excellence and the YMCA mission, we are excited to help the Itasca Y and the Grand Rapids community expand their mission through this facility investment.”

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