Originally built in the 1980s, Temple Brith Achim was renovated about ten years later in a way that made new additions difficult. The congregation had grown over the years and felt the need to broaden the synagogue’s educational programming and to make provisions for a larger sanctuary.
Some of the major goals for the project were the creation of a Life Long Learning Center consisting of 8 classrooms, administrative offices, storage and toilet rooms, the expansion and rejuvenation of the lobby which had lost focus as a result of the previous addition. Friday also planned to reactivate the former main entrance which had become largely obsolete over the years and to present a new, fresh face to the public.
Some other goals were to remediate the major site drainage problems that have existed since the previous construction and to upgrade accessibility.
The project was completed in October 2008.