Furlong Building Completes First Phase of Early Learning Center in Price Hill


Former Presbyterian Church home to CELC’s newest education center

Cincinnati, OH—Furlong Building Enterprises has completed the first and second phases of a six-part construction and renovation project for Cincinnati Early Learning Centers’ (CELC) 7,500 sq. ft. new facility. CELC has opened its doors in Price Hill to 40 preschool children, in newly renovated classrooms, a beautiful lobby and training/conference center space. This is the third Price Hill facility for CELC.

            “We are proud to have completed our first project for CELC, creating an environment that is warm, welcoming and conducive to learning and teaching,” said Furlong CEO Jude Hehman. “It is a sign of hope and progress to repurpose a former church, bringing it to life so that children can learn in a top-notch environment.”

            The Furlong team worked with CELC President and CEO Patricia Gleason to plan every detail of the project. “The staff and board of the Cincinnati Early Learning Centers are thrilled to be expanding our programs to our newest center in Price Hill,” said Patricia Gleason. “This has been an exciting project to work on, and we are pleased to have a new partnership working with Furlong Building Enterprises as well.”

            Founded in 1981, Cincinnati Early Learning Centers manages eight early learning centers, seven of which are 5-star “Step Up to Quality” rated centers, the highest-rated in early childhood educational programs. CELC teachers interact with children individually and in groups to help them develop and learn. In operation for more than 35 years, CELC provides an environment where young children can thrive, providing quality childcare in diverse settings. CELC is a United Way agency. For more information on CELC, visit www.CELCinc.org

            Architect Paul Frey designed the renovation for the nearly 70-year-old former church and school building, including turning the sanctuary into functioning classrooms with observation areas. When the next phase of the project is completed this fall, it will include two additional preschool rooms. When the entire building renovation is completed, the center will serve up to 130 children at this new Price Hill location.

            Furlong specializes in design-build construction, additions and renovations for commercial, industrial, office, medical and retail projects. The company currently has thirteen employees and was awarded the Tri-State Success Award by Cincy Magazine for the second year in a row.  The company was named to the Business Courier’s Fast 55 list of the region’s fastest growing companies in 2013, 2015 and again in 2016, and has been named to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Emerging 30 list of growing companies in 2014 and in 2016.  Services are provided throughout the Tri-State and Midwest Region including Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee.