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Easter Seals Hawaii’s space renovated

By Staff | Oct 21, 2010

César Gaxiola shows Mayor Charmaine Tavares the features of a newly constructed wheelchair-accessible shower and restroom at the J. Walter Cameron Center. Photo by the County of Maui.

WAILUKU — Rehabilitation of the program space currently occupied by Easter Seals Hawaii at the J. Walter Cameron Center facility was recently completed.

Total cost of the project was $252,976.

Work was paid for with a grant from the County of Maui Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) through funding made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

The Cameron Center also contributed $59,000 from its funds for the planning and design phase of the project.

According to the county, the improvements were critical to ensuring the health and safety of facility users. They included:

1) Remodeling the kitchen, including new stove, microwave, two refrigerator units, cabinets, dishwasher, trash disposal and sink for ADA compliance and energy efficiency. The interior plumbing and wiring were also upgraded.

2) Remodeling four bathrooms, including removing a bath top and replacing it with a roll-in shower accessible to wheelchairs; relocating and extending existing walls for ADA compliance; replacing five toilets with new water-saving fixtures and four sinks for ADA compliance and energy efficiency; and removing and upgrading all inside plumbing.

3) Refurbishing 2,500 square feet of interior ceilings.

4) Installing fire safety and electrical system improvements for energy efficiency.

5) Replacing and constructing four walls totaling 300 square feet to accommodate air conditioner, support to kitchen equipment and electrical and safety updates.