Fishbeck is excited to share that Special Olympics Michigan Inc. is planning to start construction on the second phase of its Unified Sports and Inclusion Center, which will be the largest Special Olympics facility in the world. The outdoor athletic complex and fields groundbreaking is expected to take place in June, and the project is slated to be completed in March 2024. Fishbeck has been working on a collaborative team with Mathison and Mathison Architects and others to realize SOMI’s vision for a world-class practice and competition facility for the athletes.
Funding has become a critical consideration in the implementation of major infrastructure improvements. The recent allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds and the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law have further ignited these conversations at the local level as entities compete for limited resources.
It’s a big, bright room. Rows of chairs are placed in neat rows facing the podium. Colorful project renderings with design alternatives are carefully spaced around the room with eager, informed individuals stationed nearby to answer questions from the public. Will they come? All the mailers and newspaper notices were sent. Everyone is staring at the entrance, waiting for those few inquisitive individuals to slowly wander through the doors. Sometimes, often in the past, it was an onslaught of angry individuals, fired up and/or misinformed, rushing through the doors. Staff representatives moved into damage control mode. This, thankfully, is what public engagement used to look like.