PRESCOTT- The Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI!) general headquarters on Washington Avenue is getting a refresh that will result in a smaller carbon footprint, improved sustainability and an increased capacity to offer more diverse activities, training, and production for its clients—local adults who have developmental disabilities.
Brad Newman, Executive Director of YEI, said the organization acquired the building in the winter of 1982-1983. Since then, the number of people they serve has increased by 700%, from 25 per day in one facility to 175 per day in three facilities.
After YEI opened its brand new building on Eastridge Drive in Prescott Valley, Newman said, it became apparent that it was time to take a look at making some improvements to the 14,000-square-foot Prescott facility.
"The people of the central highlands have been supportive of YEI for forty-four years," he said. "This year, they were especially generous in their giving, in part because they were encouraged by the Arizona tax credit program." Local suppliers and contractors have donated services and materials, as well, and when one local resident—who Newman said admired the work done by YEI—passed away recently, he "was kind enough to remember YEI in his affairs."
As a result of that combined generosity, renovations and improvements include:
A new ceiling, which is lower and therefore decreases the building's carbon footprint and increases its energy efficiency.
New, more efficient lighting, including LED lightbulbs.
New plumbing and low-water-use plumbing fixtures.
New repurposed cabinetry.
Upgraded HVAC systems.
Fresh pavement in the parking lot.
Newman said contractors involved in this project include B's Contracting, Ponderosa Electric, European Techniques cabinets, Engrained Cabinets, Arizona Heating and Cooling, Chino Valley Heating and Cooling, Fann Contracting, and Prescott Charities (which made available the 3,500-square-foot space previously occupied by Arizona's Children Association).
YEI! is a charitable organization founded in 1974 to support adults with disabilities living in the Central Highlands by providing them with job training, employment, volunteer placements, and support services. The "Developmental Employment" program at YEI! includes the award-winning "Community Contribution Corps" and has been continually accredited at the highest level of service by the National Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities since 1978.