Gaston Community Foundation breaks ground on Foundation Hall, shares vision – Gaston Gazette

Gaston County Community Foundation board members hope to develop business collaborations once completing construction of the foundation’s new headquarters.
Construction of the new headquarters at the intersection of South New Hope Road and Country Club Drive began just before Thanksgiving 2021.
“The emergence of the New Hope Road corridor will provide new jobs and much needed investment in our community,” said Mayor Walker Reid. 
The 20,000-square-foot building will house The Community Foundation, one of Gastonia’s oldest and largest philanthropic organizations. The foundation was chartered in 1978 with a $726,000 grant from Garrison General Hospital and has grown to more than $120 million in total assets.
Andy Warlick, a foundation board member, outlined the vision for this project and believes it can become the economic driver for all of Gaston County. 
Former foundation member Marsh Spencer has agreed to oversee the construction for the $10 million building. 
Tim Efrid, former chairman of the foundation, shared how the foundation has helped many Gaston County groups. 
“Just in 2020, the foundation had provided over $6.8 million to nonprofit community organizations,” said Efrid. “The foundation is especially proud of how the business, government and community came together to support this project.”
Some of those on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony included student members of the foundation’s Teens Changing Gaston County program, CaroMont CEO Chris Peek and Next Generation Fund members.
The brick and glass structure will house spaces for nonprofits and business leaders to meet in one location to share resources, according to the foundation’s president Ernest Sumner. 
“We want to be very strategic in who will be housed in Foundation Hall,” said Sumner. “We want to be sure we achieve that balance of business, philanthropy, and health that we have envisioned.” 
Sumner said the building will also include a grand hall for large community events and a place to honor past community leaders. 
Charlotte-based Shelco will be the general contractor for the project and the architects are LS3P. 
Foundation board members expect the project to be finished in fall 2022. 
Reach Janiya Winchester at 704-869-1842 or [email protected]

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