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Artist rendering of the new building (SOURCE: construction equipment guide.com) Artist rendering of the new building (SOURCE: construction equipment guide.com)
Kay Hind, Executive Director Kay Hind, Executive Director
George Flynn, Design Architect George Flynn, Design Architect
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Work on the SOWEGA Council on Aging's new Senior Life Enrichment Center in Albany is nearly half finished.

Thursday, Council board members and Albany's mayor got a look at the facility. It's 45,000 square feet, and will provide community programs to people 50 and over throughout the region.

The state of the art building sits on donated land worth $1.2 Million from Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital. It's something the SOWEGA executive director has been envisioning for twenty years, and today board members were given a tour of the site.

"It's just wonderful! We're able to put everything in here. All of our offices that serve the 14 counties, and then our senior center activities will be here. Our congregate meals, home delivered meals will be prepared here," said Kay Hind, Executive Director.

The new center will feature multi-purpose rooms, offices, conference rooms, a gymnasium, and even an area for dancing in the dining hall. Construction is on track, and about 45% complete so far.  It's scheduled for completion by the end of November Aesthetics and comfort were also important when designing the building.

"The most important factor was to make the building comfortable, make it positive, make it home for everybody...no matter what your economic class was," said George Flynn, Design Architect.

And natural light plays a huge part in overall comfort.

"People always feel better in natural light. It doesn't make any difference what age they are or what the activity is. Fatigue is lower in natural light, general well-being is better in natural light," said Flynn.

Hind says the new center is a big improvement in the community, and hopes the project could improve surrounding home values.

Kay Hind says she's proud of the new building and is thankful for the support of the board and the staff. More than 80 employees are expected to work at the facility when it opens by Christmas.

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