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.