March 27, 2012

 HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) charity and the Frankel Building Group, are preparing to tackle a new improvement project for SEARCH’s client intake area at the 2505 Fannin location.

SEARCH Homeless Services provides an array of services designed to help people move from the streets and into jobs and safe, affordable housing.

The Frankel Building Group is donating their services to assist in the renovation.  The team is being led by Scott and Kevin Frankel. They will be working in partnership with Ami Westbrook, RID, LEED AP, Studio Red Architects, who is donating the architectural plans for the area.

 The work includes demolishing the interior of the existing client intake area and the construction of new cabinetry offsite with Mike Delaney of Benedettini Cabinetry.  The new structure that will be installed will feature a new Corian countertop and Formica exterior.  The unit has been designed to better suit the needs of the employees who work with the clients.  The intake counter will also include a wheelchair accessible area and will provide shelving, cabinets and computer trays designed especially for employee needs.

 The entire area will be repainted, including an accent wall and new ceiling tiles and lighting fixtures will be installed to enhance the space.  In addition, the exterior hallway leading to the client intake area will be repainted and the opening refaced with Formica. 

 “This enhancement to the intake area at SEARCH is designed to make the initial receiving of people in crisis more welcoming and more efficient,” said Mark Welch, president of the HomeAid Board.  “HomeAid and SEARCH are grateful to have the Frankel Building Group onboard as the builder captain as well as Studio Red Architects who is donating their services. We are in the process of adding to the list of generous vendors who want to assist in the effort to help the homeless of Houston.”

 Frankel Building Group is a family run, full service company of professionals with a passion for quality home building. Frankel is a long time builder in many of Houston's premier neighborhoods and was one of the first builders in Cinco Ranch. 

HomeAid Houston identifies long term, stable homeless care providers who need additional capacity and pairs them with GHBA builders, vendors and suppliers who donate their time, materials and labor to help build transitional homeless shelters.  The SEARCH renovation project is a HomeAid Care project.  These are smaller undertakings that can range from $25,000 to $50,000 and can be accomplished in days or several weeks. For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.