When the needs of MIFA began to overwhelm its existing facility, a decision was made to completely renovate the building. A major capital campaign was initiated to establish an ongoing endowment and to fund renovation of the facility. Early in the process, there was some discussion about abandoning the building and relocating to another part of the city or totally demolishing the building and starting over with a new structure. The architects, along with many of the staff, felt that the organization’s identity was bound to its location and convinced the Board that preserving and renovating the existing building would not only be the right urban design decision but could actually enhance the organization’s mission and its role in the community.
Completed under budget and opening on schedule, the facility has not only generated a renewed enthusiasm and commitment by its "non-profit family", but has also greatly enhanced the organization’s ability to efficiently and effectively provide the many social services needed in the community.
This project was designed by Louis R. Pounders. It received 5 design awards and was a Finalist for a national AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture.