Boulder JCC Previews New Building

l-r: BJCC ED Jonathan Lev; Building Committee co-chair Roberta Levin; Angie Milewski, Principal Landscape Architect, LEED AP - (bha Design Incorporated), Ken Field, AIA, LEED AP (RB+B); Rebecca Spears, AIA, LEED AP (RB+B); Architecture Committee Chair Kellie Zell and Building Committee Logistics Coordinator Scott Peppet

On Tuesday night, September 13, over 50 people gathered at the Boulder Jewish Community Center, where the BJCC and its architects unveiled its latest plans and designs for their new facility, long planned for the property at the southeast corner of Arapahoe and Cherryvale.  Attendees were able to preview preliminary drawings of the new building design and give their feedback on all aspects of the project.

I’m so thrilled that we are at the point to receive input from the community.  The turnout and the level of depth people brought to the conversation was incredible,” said Jonathan Lev, Executive Director of the Boulder JCC.

The feedback that the community offered will be brought into the design process as the Building Committee, led by Roberta and David Levin, moves forward.

The BJCC is working with Fort Collins based architects RB+B.

The passion that we saw and the clear commitment of the community to share their thoughts last night was wonderful.  We are honored to be an integral part of this project” said Rebecca Spears, Senior Associate from RB+B.

The BJCC is aiming to submit drawings to the city by the end of October and begin construction in the fall of 2012.

With an overall campaign goal of $20 million, the BJCC is in the final stages of fundraising for Phase I. To date, approximately $14.6 million has been pledged toward the Phase I goal of $16 million by just over 240 families. In Phase I, $11 million is designated for all costs associated with building and construction, $2.5 million represents the value of the land, and $2.5 million is earmarked for an endowment fund to support the increased costs that are associated with operating a new facility.  The remaining $4 million of the overall goal is to fund the gymnasium ($2 million) and a community pool ($2 million) which will be raised in future phases.

After ten years of being involved with the JCC and hearing about the new building at the Jewish Commons, it is wonderful to see the plans and the funding all coming together. It looks amazing,” said Steve Ellis, longtime supporter of the Boulder JCC.

To learn more about the building project and how you can get involved, please visit or contact Jonathan Lev at

Here are more photos from the evening:

About David Fellows

I've been writing things since grammar school, and served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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