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Hubbell Realty’s Extreme Build program to construct early education center for Easterseals


Hubbell Realty Co., through its Extreme Build program, will construct a 12,300-square-foot early education center in 2021 on the Easterseals Iowa Des Moines campus. Architectural rendering by SVPA Architects

Easterseals Iowa, a Central Iowa organization that provides services to people with disabilities and special needs, is the recipient of this year’s Hubbell Extreme Charity Golf Classic and 2021 Hubbell Extreme Build, Hubbell Realty Co. announced today.

Hubbell employees, along with trade partners and SVPA Architects, next year will build a 12,300-square-foot early education center that will serve infants to kindergarten-age children. The center, which will cost about $2.5 million to construct and take about seven days to complete, will be located on Easterseals’ Des Moines campus at 401 N.E. 66th Ave.

Hubbell and its partners are donating about half of the project’s cost as an in-kind donation. Construction will occur in fall 2021.

“Easterseals is extremely grateful for Hubbell’s support and belief in our mission,” Sherri Nielsen, Easterseals’ president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “This gift will allow us to increase our enrollment, doubling the number of children and families we can provide high quality, integrated care, filling a desperate need in central Iowa.”

Hubbell’s Extreme build began in 2006 with ABC television’s “Extreme Makeover,” during which a new home was built for a Tama County family. Since then, the company and its partners have torn down the Central Iowa Ronald McDonald House on UnityPoint Health’s Des Moines campus, constructed two 7,500-square-foot Cabins for Campers at Easterseals’ Des Moines-area campus, and added affordable row homes in a Des Moines neighborhood.

“The Extreme Build is something we look forward to every four years,” Rick Tollakson, Hubbell’s president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “Hubbell is a longtime supporter of the initiative and meaningful work done at Easterseals and we came to the consensus very quickly that this is who we wanted to support again in 2021.”

The golf classic will be held at Woodland Hills Golf Course on Aug. 27. Money raised from the event will be donated to the Easterseals project.

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