OUR EXPANSION PROJECT

In March 2020, Zara began a partnership with Krueck Sexton Partners (KSP) to design a brand new facility that will allow us to serve more children and become more agriculturally sustainable. KSP is a US-based architecture firm that is responsible, among other impressive projects, for designing the offices for the Obama Foundation in Chicago. KSP is generously providing Zara with pro-bono design services and KSP has secured the additional pro bono partnership of landscape design firm Design Workshop, Buro Happold, and Langan Engineering.

 

Thus far, KSP has created a masterplan for the site and has started design work on the first building, a 200-square-meter residence that will will initially serve as a second building for programs and ultimately provide quarters for our caretaker and volunteers, as well as flexible storage and bathrooms. Construction on this phase is expected to begin in 2021 and will be followed by the design of a new main facility building.

In all, the five-acre site will eventually provide capacity for two hundred children and will contain orchards, gardens, playing fields, vocational resources, classrooms, and community spaces. It is designed to be a sustainable, operating off-the-grid, and relying on local materials and construction labor. We are incredibly honored and grateful to partner with such an accomplished and talented team for our expansion.

Residence Building Rendering

The residence building will be constucted out of locally fired clay brick and will blend well with the surrounding community. It will be 100% solar powered.

Overall Siteplan

The finished expansion will include the residence, main facility, an orchard, areas for agriculture, and playing fields

Main Facility Axon Reduced

The new main facility will be significantly larger than our existing building and will allow us to serve at least 80 additional children (for a total of 200).

Residence Layout with Labels

The residence building will be constructed first and will initially serve as a secondary facility for programs. Once the main facility is completed, the residence will serve as quarters for our caretaker and for volunteers.

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The new facility will be located very close to our existing facility. A brief 5-7 minute walk.

Zara's Center is supported by the PG Family Foundation. The Foundation was officially incorporated as The Jonathan Plutzik and Lesley Goldwasser Family Foundation in the State of NY. The Foundation is a designated charitable entity as described in U.S. Tax Code Section 501(c)(3). The Center is registered as a Charitable Trust in Zimbabwe.  Registered as "Zara's Centre Trust" (Registered Trust: MA137/2007)