MONROE – Union County officials celebrated Feb. 23 the completion of the new Human Services Center.
The 144,000 square-foot center houses the Division of Social Services, Division of Public Health and Human Services Administration at the intersection of Skyway Drive and Concord Avenue.
Public Health and Human Services will open to serve the public March 6. Social Services follows March 13.
“We’ve always had a top-notch staff, but our former location had its limitations,” said Michelle Lancaster, assistant county manager and executive director of human services. “We now have a first-class facility for our team to care for and serve the community. Our residents are going to see a huge improvement in their experience and the quality of service they receive.”
The $24,376,000 building replaces the former location known as Union Village and offers a streamlined organization with divisions, examination rooms and staff offices to more effectively coordinate services and care.
“This project represents our commitment to strengthening our community and the value we place on the residents we serve,” County Manager Cindy Coto said.
The building is designed to offer a welcoming and comfortable environment, with plenty of natural light.
“Research clearly shows us the benefits of natural light including its corresponding improvements in mood, cognitive health and employee productivity,” said Kevin Turner, principal with Perkins+Will.