SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Direct Relief's team spent five years planning the construction of its new headquarters and warehouse in Santa Barbara.
The humanitarian aid organization is in the top 10 charitable organizations in the country. Direct Relief specializes in preparing for disasters and responding to those who are affected.
"It's really incredible to see this actually happening," said Judy Partch, Director of Compliance and Administration at Direct Relief.
The organization has spent decades at its facility on South La Patera Lane in Goleta and has outgrown it.
“To continue to do what we’re doing in the United States and around the world, we have to have a larger facility," said Partch.
Direct Relief's new facility will be 155,000 square feet. The office spaces will be spread out on two floors.
"This facility will allow us to consolidate our our operations into one facility and really do the work that we're capable of doing today and give us some expansion capacity," said Partch.
The design and construction team has plans to make the building energy efficient and resistant to earthquakes, power outages and flooding.
Construction is expected to end late 2017 and employees will move into the new building shortly after.