At the Fremont Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Sandy Barker, principal, Barker Wagoner Architects; Daren Wagoner, architect and principal, Barker Wagoner; Ken Huesby, CEO, Hillhouse Construction; Bart Locsin, vice president construction, Hillhouse; Gabriela Silva, interior designer, Barker Wagoner; Sister Gloria Marie Jones, OP, congregational prioress, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose; Tina Irvin, project coordinator, Hillhouse; John Kellerby, general superintendent, Hillhouse; Sister Rose Marie Hennessy, OP, Motherhouse administrator; and Mike Horton, Pound Management; stand ready to dig in on a $20 million building project.
Dominican Sisters break ground on expansion
The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose selected March 19 — the Feast of St. Joseph, patron of workers — for the groundbreaking celebration at their Fremont Motherhouse for a project that will benefit the Sisters, and the greater Fremont community.
''Today we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in our story, an expanding Motherhouse vision that creates space to meet wider community needs,'' said Sister Gloria Marie Jones, OP, congregational prioress.
The $20 million project includes construction of a 36-unit Sisters residence and a Community and Wellness Center. Renovations to the Sisters' Siena building will prepare space for daytime memory care, operated by Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay. This first dementia-specific program in Fremont will open its doors after renovations are complete in September. Adult memory care services respond to a growing need. The city of Fremont officials provided a Community Development Block Grant of $310,000 toward Siena renovation costs. The memory care program will serve a diverse community of adults, veterans and low-income families living in the Tri-City area.
Guests at the groundbreaking, who included Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison and City Council members along with donors, friends, community and nonprofit leaders, joined the Sisters in a blessing, asking St. Joseph to protect skilled trades and construction workers building and renovating facilities on the 26-acre campus, which the Sisters purchased in 1891.
The dormitory-style St. Joseph Priory was demolished in February, with 99.4 percent of the building's materials recycled. The project will be LEED certified, honoring the Sisters' commitment to ''care of creation'' and environmental sustainability. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
Hillhouse Construction of San Jose is the contractor on the 15-month project.
The congregation has raised about 75 percent of capital costs and welcomes contributions and inquiries about project plans and community impact. For more information, contact Margaret McCarthy, development director, at 510-933-6309 or email@example.com.
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