Space Coast Health Foundation opens new center in Rockledge


The Space Coast Health Foundation’s new Center for Health Collaboration is proud of its internal artwork.

Chris Bonanno

Local non-profit health and wellness organizations had reason to celebrate on July 11 as the Space Coast Health Foundation officially opened its new Center for Health Collaboration off U.S. 1 in Rockledge.

The center, built from the shell of the building that was the Space Bowl, will house offices for the Children’s Advocacy Center and the United Way of Brevard in addition to the SCHF. In addition to that, it boasts a large conference room that organizers say will host conferences, trainings and other types of gatherings.

“The creation of the foundation was (done) to improve the health and wellness of Brevard County and that’s what we hope to happen,” said Johnette Gindling, president and CEO of the SCHF.

“The facility is magnificent and really I think exceeds most people’s expectations. It gives Brevard County a wonderful facility for nonprofits of all sizes and missions to do training, to do professional development, to do cooperative, collaborative types of efforts,” added James Dwight, chairman of the SCHF board and president at Florida Preparatory Academy.

The building itself was funded by the SCHF and courtesy of a $1.5 million grant from the state through Rep. Steve Crisafulli that was secured by the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center. The City of Rockledge also contributed a $10,000 beautification grant to the project, which they hope will revitalize what is an aging U.S. 1 corridor in parts on the city’s north side.

The inside of the building is visually stimulating and colorful. Inside there are three pieces from Indiana artist Audrey Riley, a donor wall filled with many creative mounted “balloons” and multi-colored carpeting in the Children’s Advocacy Center.

“We have three very significant pieces of art in the building that really center around collaboration,” Gindling added. “…. You really need to see the art to understand it and visualize what’s happening but they are incredible pieces that really make our vision and our mission come alive.”

Organizers also are working toward earning Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification.

To that end, it features grass parking lots, bike racks, parking spaces with electric car charging stations outside along with LED lighting inside. Two large cisterns also stand on the building’s south side that help collect rainwater for irrigation.

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