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Boys & Girls Town will hold dedication Sept. 27

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Boys & Girls Town of Missouri is preparing to strike up the band in celebration of the completion of its new facilities.

Boys & Girls Town will officially dedicate the $3.5 million addition to its Springfield campus at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at 1212 W. Lombard, according to a news release from Boys & Girls Town.

The project represents the most significant advancement since 1989, when Boys & Girls Town assumed operation of what was then the city-run Springfield Children's Home, the release stated.

Significant features of the expansion include four new residential cottages, a new chapel and a new gym and recreation facility.

Each cottage features a great room, kitchen area for snacks and weekend meals, a washer and dryer, study area, staff bathroom, residents' bathroom, private counseling/meeting room, security system and fully equipped electronic control room, where the cottage's audio/video surveillance systems will be monitored.

The gym/recreation hall offers basketball and volleyball courts, a ceramics area, offices for two recreational therapists, green space and a pool.

Renovations to the campus' existing facility at 1212 W. Lombard provided space for education, social services, emergency shelter and administration centers.

DeWitt & Associates served as the construction manager on the project, which was designed by JPS & Associates, architects.

Among those planning to attend the Sept. 27 festivities are the VFW Post 3404 Color Guard, the Rev. Dorsey Levell and the 399th Army Band of Fort Leonard Wood.

The guest speaker for the event will be Missouri Treasurer Bob Holden.

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