This move is the realization of a vision—to contribute locally, grow internationally, and use new technology to increase our reach and effectiveness.
Syracuse, NY (PRWEB) May 30, 2012
ProLiteracy, the oldest and largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to advancing the cause of adult literacy and basic education, and its publishing division New Readers Press, announced today a move to historic new headquarters in the Near West Side neighborhood of Syracuse.
"ProLiteracy's board of directors made this decision to move our headquarters in order to invest in the future of the organization and in the member programs and adult learners we serve here and around the world," says Kevin Morgan, chair of the ProLiteracy board.
"Today, ProLiteracy has never been stronger as we work to support our 1,200 global member programs, more than 30,000 New Readers Press customers, and the more than 350,000 adult learners we support throughout the U.S. and around the world," says David C. Harvey, president and CEO. "We are grateful to the Central New York community of donors, foundations and companies, and national donors, who made our move possible,” Harvey adds.
ProLiteracy joined with Syracuse University's SALT District (Syracuse Arts, Literacy & Technology District) and the Near Westside Initiative to make the new headquarters a reality. The green renovated headquarters was constructed in a 100-year-old empty warehouse that was originally a factory in the early 1900s. ProLiteracy will lease the new headquarters space from the Near Westside Initiative. WCNY, Syracuse's public broadcasting station, is also locating to the building and new joint projects with WCNY are planned for the coming years.
"ProLiteracy's bold and smart move to the former Case Supply warehouse represents one of the signature steps forward for the revitalization of the Near West Side,” says Marilyn Higgins. “The Near West Side Board, Syracuse University, and all of our residents and partners and thrilled to have the nation's premiere literacy organization as a new neighbor,” Higgens adds.
ProLiteracy will host a formal grand opening ceremony September 7-8 in coordination with International Literacy Day. For more information, contact Amy Schmitz, director of communications, at aschmitz(at)proliteracy(dot)org.
Background on ProLiteracy’s New Headquarters
- The 20,000-square-foot space will be LEED certified and features an open atrium design in its entry that includes a two floor library stack system. As a space that is designed to foster education and learning for its staff, teachers and tutors, and adult learners, the stacks embody ProLiteracy's mission. Featured in the stacks will be books, educational displays, and interactive digital monitors.
- The modern, open industrial design of ProLiteracy's new headquarters features green workstations, multiple conference rooms that utilize some of the latest technology, private offices with glass walls, and the CEO's office located in the middle of the office with glass windows, promoting the organization's values of openness, transparency and innovation.
- A new research and demonstration center named after a ProLiteracy co-founder is The Ruth J. Colvin Center for Innovation and Excellence in Adult Literacy. The Center, which will house ProLiteracy's local programming, will be a place for ProLiteracy and local partners to pilot initiatives, conduct research, and develop resources with national and international significance.
- ProLiteracy’s publishing divisions, New Readers Press, has been renamed the Robert S. Laubach New Readers Press, after its founder. The 42-year-old nonprofit publisher of 150 instructional titles will work closely with new partners to innovate in digital publishing.
- The Frank C. Laubach International Programs, also named after a co-founder, will be able to conduct global virtual conferences and is expanding its work in advocacy, training, and building networks on the ground in 31 developing countries.
- The headquarters was designed by King & King and Koning Eizenberg Associates and constructed by Rich and Gardner. Total construction costs were approximately $2.1 million, paid for by the Near Westside Initiative. ProLiteracy has signed a 10-year lease for the space and raised more than $1 million in a capital fund campaign from local and national donors to support the purchase of furniture, new high-tech equipment, and new local programming activities.