The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica celebrated the grand opening of its latest state-of-the-art Clubhouse at John Adams Middle School (JAMS) Wednesday, June 10th.

Over eight years in the making, the new clubhouse was selected at JAMS due to its proximity to thousands of struggling families in need of affordable, quality after school services, club officials said. The facility’s architectural plans were strategically designed to create a positive, safe environment that is both inviting and engaging to its young members, officials said.

“It’s an honor to open the doors of the new JAMS Clubhouse, as we’ll now triple the number of youth we currently serve in Pico — one of the toughest neighborhoods in Santa Monica,” said Allan Young, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica.

“With educational tools, social recreation activities, leadership programs and more, I know this clubhouse will be instrumental in bringing positive change to these kids, their families and the community at large.”

The new facility consists of a Technology and Media Center where members can do video and sound production in the sound studio and a Learning Center which offers a variety of programs, activities and resources.

Club members can also take part in a variety of recreational activities at the clubhouse, such as ping-pong, foos-ball, and bumper pool. Other forms of social recreation include field trips to museums, aquariums, theme parks, mountain camps and the beach.

Designed by Killefer Flammang Architects, the project includes several green design features such as a roof system to minimize heat islands, low volatile content paints, recycled content carpet, bamboo cabinets and recycled solid composite countertops made of compressed paper.

“More than 75 percent of the construction and demolition waste was recycled,” project manager Christine Cho said.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Since its inception, the club has served over 150,000 children and teens.

Information, www.smbgc.org/.

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