Arc Nature Coast
Education Center & Evacuation Shelter

Location:
Spring Hill, FL

Project Owner:
Arc Nature Coast

Client:
Spring Engineering

Rating:
LEED Gold

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The 8,500-square-foot center is designed for Arc’s mission to help developmentally disabled clients blossom into well-rounded, contributing members of society. That means help with etiquette, job skills, health, culture and technology. The higher-functioning clients eventually find jobs in the community.

Off the cavernous main hall are a media center, an art studio and a fully equipped fitness room. A commercial kitchen offers an amenity-laden place for cooking classes.

But when a hurricane threatens, the center will be a refuge for disabled evacuees and their caregivers from Hernando, Pasco, Citrus and Sumter counties. The capacity is 300 people, and there is enough food, water and diesel fuel for the generator on site to run for three days. The building can withstand winds of more than 150 mph.