For immediate release 6/24/20
North Bend, WA – After more than three years of gathering support and funds, Encompass will break ground on its new pediatric therapy and early learning center in Snoqualmie on June 29, 2020. The facility will be constructed on the old “Honey Farm” site at the corner of 384th Ave. SE and SE Kimball Creek Dr. in Snoqualmie.
Due to COVID-19 public health considerations, the groundbreaking will be practical rather than ceremonial, and Encompass plans to celebrate the new building with the community later in the construction process when it is deemed safe to do so.
In addition to the generosity of individual community members, recent grants from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound, the Medina Foundation, and the Norcliffe Foundation pushed Encompass over the 90% threshold of the project’s fundraising goal needed to begin construction.
“It has been a long road to get us to this point, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to begin to put our plans for Encompass Snoqualmie into action,” said Encompass Executive Director, Nela Cumming. “The generous support from our community has enabled us to build a facility that will help children thrive for generations to come.”
Signal Architecture + Research designed the new building for Encompass, and Abbott Construction will begin construction this summer, with a tentative completion date of May 2021. Following a summer grand opening, Encompass plans to be fully open for services in August 2021.
With the new planned facility in Snoqualmie, Encompass will be able to increase the number of children served by 30%, create space for 36 additional children to attend half-day preschool, double the capacity of Behavioral Health programs like Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and offer exciting new therapeutic programs.
Encompass Snoqualmie has been made a reality by the hard work and support of elected officials, charitable foundations, and private individuals in the community.
“As Board President and Campaign co-chair, I am excited about our new building and what it will bring to children, families and our community,” said Joan Vaughn. “We’ve had fantastic support from the Encompass Board, donors and foundations to build this state-of-the-art building. The outpouring of enthusiasm and passion for Encompass is truly an inspiration to me.”
“It gives me great pleasure to see Encompass break ground on such an important project in and for our community,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. “The City has long looked to Encompass to provide vital services to the children, parents, and families of Snoqualmie. I eagerly look forward to the grand opening.”
King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert said: “I am so happy to see that after many years of hard work, Encompass is able to break ground on a new pediatric therapy and early learning center. Encompass provides such a crucial service to many families across our community, and this new facility will allow them to continue their great work. We are so lucky to have this valuable resource.”
“As a voice for the needs of children and families in our district, I am so pleased that Encompass is breaking ground on their new pediatric therapy and early learning center,” said Washington State Representative Lisa Callan. “Our community is growing, and so are the needs of our children. This new facility allows Encompass to offer an even greater range of services and increased capacity to serve the broader Snoqualmie Valley. It’s a great win for our community and families, but most of all our children.”
For more information about Encompass Snoqualmie, visit encompassnw.org/capital-campaign.
ABOUT ENCOMPASS: Encompass is a nonprofit that partners with families to build healthy foundations for children, providing early learning, pediatric therapy, and family enrichment for children of all abilities in the Snoqualmie, Issaquah, and Eastside communities. With two locations in North Bend and one in Carnation, Encompass offers programs for children ages 0-8 and their families to help foster a community where ALL children thrive.