La Beneficia at
Hillsborough Community College
The original La Benefica building was completed in 1922 and is a classic example of Mediterranean Revival architecture in Ybor City. Recognized as an expert in historic preservation, FleischmanGarcia was chosen by Hillsborough Community College to restore and renovate this jewel of Ybor City into HCC’s Child Development Center.
The 13,000 sq. ft. building now includes the following elements on the first floor: A day care facility for 80 children, staff and students who are enrolled in HCC’s Child Development Program, three large indoor classrooms with observation alcoves to allow for parents, student and instructors to observe their children, support spaces for the day care facility, which includes a laundry room, kitchen and staff offices, a new porte cochere, which complements the existing building’s Mediterranean Revival architecture and a reconfigured driveway to allow for children to be dropped-off safely, a 1,500 sq. ft. covered indoor play area, 4,000 sq. ft. of enclosed exterior play area with a “fall zone” area for play equipment, grass, shade trees, and exterior storage.
The second floor of the La Benefica building, which has its own entry and elevator, serves as a dance studio for HCC’s dance program. The 3,000 sq. ft. dance studio has a sprung dance floor, mirrors, ballet barres and stage lighting. The dance studio is also used as a performance space for dance recitals. The Child Development Center project is revitalizing a valuable piece of Ybor City’s history and is a significant addition to HCC’s Ybor City campus.
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Your solution was so original that you received an Award of Merit for Preservation... Your repair and restoration work... has allowed me to brag that since 1915 our 100-year-old building has never been in better shape!
Susan Hill Pieper
Paulding County Carnegie Library
The owner, Mrs. Cassie Gardner is very professional and excellent to work with... She took the time to communicate the project status and... The project was completed by the due date and the project remained within budget.
Greater Bethel M.B. Church, Inc. Trustee Chairman
I can personally attest positively to their bold of handling the efforts involved in attaining very positive results in our restoration process. I was very much pleased.
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Liaison, Bethel AME Church
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Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and School
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Lakeland Terrance Hotel
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Property Manager, Church of the Ascension
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Jim Zinner and Cynthia Morselli
First United Methodist Church, Plant City
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Johnson County Commissioners
William Gabel, John Marr, Charles Kavanaugh
The latest project was a year-long restoration of our brick, mortar, and cast stone. This 97-year-old 60,000+ square foot building demands constant maintenance and the flexibility, knowledge, attention to detail and thoughtful project management that All Trades offers, along with Cassie’s incredible enthusiasm makes a sizable project seem to go smoothly and the building well cared for.
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