Springbrook Completes $22.5M in Renovations

By Adam Chick

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM EDT

Oneonta, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Springbrook is a school for people who are developmentally disabled.

They have completed $22.5 million in renovations which is sure to make everyones lives there much easier.

Springbrook's new renovations will mean more jobs and more students.

It's already Otsego County's third largest employer, and it's going to get even bigger.

The additions will add 120 jobs to a facility that already employs over 1000.

"The expansion is going to make all of our jobs a lot more wonderful because we're bringing in new friends, new students, and helping a lot more kids out," said Teacher Jessica Udice.

Springbrook is a 24 hour facility and space is limited, which means that some of its developmentally disabled students have to live as much as a couple states away and be that much further from their family.

With the new additions, Springbrook will be able to house 24 new students in a state of the art facility.

"It puts our campus on the map as far as a leader in the field of people with developmental disabilities," said Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy.

"There are accessible walkways, we have a new gym, we have a cafeteria, where children with disabilities can eat and play and learn in a very, very accessible and beautiful environment," said Kennedy.

Springbrook has been opening it's doors to the developmentally disabled since 1925 and it gives students a chance to succeed that they might not get anywhere else.