BCI Opens Andrew’s Outfield
Boone Center, Inc. (BCI)—a nonprofit that supports people with disabilities through a continuum of innovative employment opportunities—officially opened its new 1,080-square-foot outdoor patio with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, April 1. Named Andrew’s Outfield, the space honors former BCI employee Andrew Norton.
“We are thrilled that our St. Peters team now has a safe place outside to enjoy lunches and breaks,” said BCI CEO Troy Compardo. “We are thankful to Brian and Cheri Norton and their charitable foundation Andrew's Hugs for their continued support in their son Andrew’s memory.”
Entirely fenced for the security of BCI’s employees with disabilities, Andrew’s Outfield features ADA accessible picnic tables, park-style benches, and eight seats from the old Busch Stadium. David and Pamela Rozanc, whose son Alex works at BCI, donated the stadium seats. BCI will also add a commercial-grade retractable awning once the city issues the building permit.
Other local companies stepped up in support of the project including CITI and MFA Oil.
“I like Andrew’s Outfield because you can just go out and enjoy the fresh air and have lunch either by yourself or with some co-workers,” said Michael M. who works at BCI-St. Peters. “I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.”
Andrew’s Outfield is an extension of Andrew’s Clubhouse, a St. Louis Cardinals-themed indoor break room, which was dedicated in August 2017.