Autumn’s Center Construction Set To Begin This Week

Spencer, Iowa – Construction is scheduled to begin at Autumn’s Center for a September 2016 opening. Autumn’s Center is a comprehensive children’s center serving northwest Iowa communities, named in honor of Autumn Elgersma who died in Orange City at the age of 3 from head Autumninjuries sustained while in the care of her babysitter.

Demolition of the interior of the existing building at 120 East 5th Street will begin at a ceremonial ground breaking on Monday, January 18 at 9:30 a.m. Work will start after the ceremony.

“After three years of planning, we are excited to be able to have this project come to fruition!” said Kim Scorza, Executive Director of Seasons Center.

After an open bid on Tuesday, December 8th in Spencer, Seasons Center for Behavioral Health selected the contractor to carry out the construction plans for Autumn’s Center. Hoogendoorn Construction, Inc., from Canton, South Dakota, was offered the bid and signed the contract at the beginning of January to begin work.

According to the signed contract with Hoogendoorn Construction, Autumn’s Center construction will be completed by September 1, 2016. Additional work will be completed to adjoin Autumn’s Center and the current Dr. Phelps building. This second phase of construction should be completed by December 1, 2016.

“I want to thank the many donors for all their support in launching the first of its kind regional children’s center in northwest Iowa,” said Kim. “Autumn’s Center would not be opening if not for this support.”

Visit Seasons Center’s Facebook page for updates throughout the construction process.

More information Seasons Center for Behavioral Health:

Autumn’s Center, the first of its kind regional children’s center, will house rooms and offices designated to care for children’s behavioral health, including areas for psychiatric services, outpatient therapy, psychological testing, behavioral health intervention services, substance abuse counseling, parent education, and care coordination services. The center will offer a child friendly and healing environment throughout the building.

Founded in 1959, Seasons Center for Behavioral Health continues to be a leading, comprehensive behavioral health center in the northwest region of Iowa. Offering a broad range of behavioral health Services, Seasons recognizes that investing in behavioral health is investing in a community’s economic, education, health and human services systems. Seasons strives to empower individuals so they might become active, contributing members of their communities.

For more information on Seasons’ services, please visit or call 1-800-242-5101.

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