Addition to Marian House finished

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The Marian House Bishop Richard C. Hanifen Self-Sufficiency Center, a 10,864-square-foot, two-story addition to the Marian House Soup Kitchen in downtown Colorado Springs, is finished and ready for use.

Matt Vineyard, J.E. Dunn Construction senior project manager for the building’s general contractor, said  that phase one of the two-building campus, which was finished last summer and included a new kitchen, dining facilities, office and administrative areas totaling 15,725 square feet, has been open for one year. Phase two included the construction of the Self Sufficiency Center, which has a clinic, exam rooms, education areas and a donation center.

The project was designed by Bollar Cruz Architects and features metal roofs and brick facades.

Vineyard said the buildings’ design was intended to fit with the aesthetic of downtown Colorado Springs and St. Mary’s Cathedral, which is opposite the building on Bijou Street.

Marian House provides about 700 meals a day, information and referral services, on-site clinic services and an outreach program through which donated items are distributed in to those in need.

The building will officially open Thursday.