Casper's place for youth in crisis breaks ground on a new facility Wednesday morning.

The new building, with it's expected completion this time next year, will bring the Youth Crisis Center and its services into one centralized and purpose built home.

Executive Director, Stacy Nelson, says last year they had over 700 youth pass through their facilities, not counting long term group home children. She says the new building design will make for safer and more efficient use of space and resources.

"We see so many different kids and over there it will be a much better area. The buildings we currently have are getting older and more difficult to keep up. The combination of all that will make it fantastic."

Cost of the new building is around $3.5 million and is paid for by a partnership of local and state agencies and funds.

The groundbreaking happens at 9:30 Wednesday morning at the site located between Life Steps Campus and Meals on Wheels on east 12th street.