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BL Harbert International Completes Mitchell’s Place Expansion

Mitchell’s Place, BL Harbert International and Barrett Architecture Studio celebrated the ribbon cutting of Mitchell’s Place new expansion last week. The completed project was the first addition for the center that has served children with autism since its opening in 2005.

BL Harbert International led construction on the 4,000-square-foot addition, which includes four new classrooms, an After-school Social Awareness Program (ASAP) suite, a new teachers’ office space, and a medical records room.  The ASAP suite includes a full kitchen, laundry room and a bedroom to be used to assist with life skills for children ages 6-18 years old.

“It has been our pleasure working with the BL Harbert crew on the expansion of our building,” stated Sandy Naramore, Executive Director of Mitchell’s Place.  “The addition is seamless and allows our staff to offer services to more families in our region.”

Allen and Nancy Meisler, Mitchell’s Place founders; Jamie Cowin, board president for Mitchell’s Place; Lauren Barrett and Katie Kent, Barrett Architecture Studio; Ben Nevins, Ben Patrick, Marty Martin, John Hanson and Dan Olson, BL Harbert International; Tellis Shoemaker, Executive Director, the Greater Irondale Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Tommy Alexander, James Stewart, Greater Irondale City Clerk; Debby Kristofco, Greater Irondale Chamber of Commerce; Craig Sanderson, Irondale city council; Mr. and Mrs. Don Levy, Tom Williams Porsche; and past and present families of Mitchell’s Place and Mitchell’s Place staff.

Mitchell’s Place is back in session beginning today and eager to start the new school year with expanded facilities. Mitchell’s Place remained operational throughout the project.

John Hanson, BL Harbert International project manager, stated, “We are thankful to have Mitchell’s Place serving children, here in Birmingham. BL Harbert was honored to play a role in the delivery of this transformative project. This project is truly for the children, and we are privileged to help them carry their mission forward.”


Mitchell’s Place is a comprehensive treatment center, providing research-based, educational, social and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities in a deeply caring environment.
BL Harbert International, LLC is a privately owned construction company with U.S. and International operations providing preconstruction, construction, design-build and construction management services. BL Harbert is currently building across the U.S. and in fifteen countries around the world. The company is nationally ranked based on 2015 annual revenues of $958.6 million. BL Harbert International, LLC is also consistently ranked a top green contractor.

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