A Pensacola-area contractor has pledged to match contributions to the University of West Florida’s Community Outreach Research and Education Initiative.
Nathan Green, of the Green-Simmons Co., will match every dollar, up to $35,000, donated to the University’s C.O.R.E. initiative.
C.O.R.E was developed to boost the University’s building construction program. The initiative’s primary goal is the renovation of Building 80, once the printing services building, into a construction-specific complex to feature a soils laboratory, energy efficiency demonstration, construction yard and outdoor amphitheater.
“The C.O.R.E. Initiative is good for the local community, the construction industry and the building construction program,” Green said in a press release. “To me, the project defines what it means to have a true public-private partnership. The University has generously provided the building and the research and educational component, but state funds just aren’t there to pay for the renovations. While many partners have come forward, we are still short of the funds required for completion. Hopefully our challenge will entice other partners to take note and step forward. It’s not often that supporters can double the impact of their financial support, and I wanted to provide that opportunity.”
In renovating, the University aims to garner accreditation by the American Council for Construction Education for it’s building construction program.
Other major contributors to the initiative so far include Gulf Power and Webb Electric of Florida, Inc.