Listen Center WRJ
Nature of Work: 10,600 SF new construction to house a thrift store, commercial kitchen, dining facility, and teen center
Location: White River Junction, Vermont
This project won the Associated Builders and Contractors New Hampshire/ Vermont Construction Excellence Merit Award.
A dilapidated strip of former retail stores on the Listen-owned site was torn down to make way for the new, 10,600 square foot Listen Community Services at River Point.
The River Point complex houses a brand-new spacious thrift store which generates much needed revenue for the community outreach organization.
The building also has a room dedicated to teen life skills, a commercial-grade kitchen and an adjacent 130-person dining hall, which is now home to the nonprofit's nightly community meals program.
Another group that will benefit from the new building will be the more than 200 kids and teens served weekly by Listen’s teen skills center, known as “The Junction.”
The building design is highly energy efficient with specially glazed windows and LED lighting for which Listen received financial assistance from the nonprofit Efficiency Vermont organization to offset the cost.