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BHC teams with Operation Breakthrough for new Ignition Lab

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This Thursday, June 24, BHC is participating as a sponsor for Operation Breakthrough’s 23rd Annual fundraiser held at the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy. The long-standing nonprofit organization is celebrating 50 years of serving the community of Kansas City and providing opportunities for families in the area.

BHC has had the privilege to work with Operation Breakthrough on their new extension program known as the Ignition Lab. The newly renovated site will be housed where an old, rundown muffler shop stood, taking advantage of abandoned and run down lots located downtown.

The Ignition Lab at Operation Breakthrough is possible through the generous partnership with Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce and his foundation Eighty-Seven & Running.

This collaborative space for teens ages 14-18 will give teens the opportunity to build their technical skills, engineer projects in STEM labs and even explore culinary arts. The Ignition Lab will enhance the services offered by Operation Breakthrough through supporting their mission for helping children and families in the community.

Not only will this project improve the lives of the children and families who utilize Operation Breakthrough’s services, it will also continue to improve the surrounding community by providing improvements to the area’s public amenities along the Troost corridor.

BHC’s has been hired to complete site civil design, engineering and site surveying. This will include site grading, sidewalk and driveway entrance reconstruction, filling in pads of concrete throughout the site for accessory structures, and running new public utilities, like sanitary and water lines. Utility work will also consist of bringing over utility lines from the walls of the Operation Breakthrough building to the south.

BHC site signage at Operation Breakthrough Ignition Lab project in KCMO.
BHC site signage at Operation Breakthrough Ignition Lab project in KCMO.

We are happy to be working with local partners JE Dunn Construction, Clockwork Architecture, Kissick Construction Company, & Black & Veatch to bring this project to life.

Groundbreaking work took place at the end of May with the new site set to open in the fall.

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