Bobbitt Design Build Renovates Gym for Non-Profit


bobbittBobbitt Design Build recently completed phase one of renovations to a 6,500-square-foot gymnasium for Autism Academy of South Carolina (AASC) located at 1505 Blanding Street in Columbia.

AASC – a non-profit organization helping children with autism to acquire necessary life skills – will use the gym as a recreational space for students and a training area for staff. In the future, the non-profit organization plans to make the facility a fully functional event space.

Initially, Bobbitt became involved with AASC through a service project with Leadership Columbia, which involved repairing classrooms in the building. The group also wanted to restore the gymnasium that was closed due to its dilapidated condition; however, the amount of work needed to restore the area was beyond the capabilities of the volunteer group.

AASC received a grant to pay for a portion of the renovations, but funding did not cover the entire cost. After discussions with AASC staff, Bobbitt developed a phased renovation plan with manageable budgets for each stage. This approach enabled AASC to identify monetary goals needed to achieve short-term and long-term targets for the space. Together, Bobbitt and AASC determined the appropriate scope of work for phase one to restore the gym as a usable space for the school.

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