VTC Enterprises will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the new Quality Life Services (QLS) Building at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 29, 2011. The new QLS Building is located at 2445 A Street in Santa Maria.
The new building provides training facilities for the most severely disabled adults at VTC. The 18,600 square foot facility replaces two deteriorating buildings that have been used since 1969. The City of Santa Maria’s decision to extend McCoy Lane through VTC’s property resulted in the sale of land whose proceeds have been used as seed money to help raise the funds necessary to complete construction.
The first ever Capital Campaign in the history of VTC has resulted in $3.3 million raised toward the goal of $3.9 million. The campaign began in 2008 with construction initiated in the summer of 2010. After training services are moved to the new building, the process of demolishing the existing structures and constructing a new parking lot will begin. Construction should be completed in early spring of 2012
The Palacios Architect design was built by Diani Building Corp and Smith Electric. The new building will enable VTC to better serve severely disabled persons, many of whom are in wheelchairs. The new structure will be more colorful, spacious and will provide a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere that is conducive to the skills training provided.
After the official ribbon cutting, tours of the new facility will be conducted by VTC staff members. Refreshments will be served and guests will have a chance to contribute to furnishings needed for the new building.
VTC is a non-profit organization whose goal is to teach independent living skills, vocational skills and obtain employment for persons with disabilities. The organization was founded in 1962 and will celebrate its 50 year anniversary next year.