Coming Soon: A New Children’s Inn Facility To Meet The Community’s Growing Need

Coming Soon: A New Children’s Inn Facility To Meet The Community’s Growing Need


Lloyd Companies is honored to build a place where those who need to escape domestic abuse and child neglect will be able to find critical help and safety.

Construction breaks ground next week for the new Children’s Inn, a program of the Children’s Home Society. It is the only shelter of its kind in the Sioux Falls region providing free, 24-hour emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect.

Partnering with architect Koch Hazard, Lloyd is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk for the two-story, 48,000 square-foot building.

This will double Children’s Inn capacity from 24 bedrooms and 40 beds to 38 bedrooms and 96 beds with dining space, common areas, playrooms and offices. It will also be able to offer accommodations to male victims for the first time.

A groundbreaking for the $12 million project will be held May 4 at 11:30 a.m. at 2101 E. 8th St in Sioux Falls.

“This is incredibly meaningful work for our team,” Lloyd CEO Chris Thorkelson said. “Children’s Inn has been at or above capacity most of the last six years, and this new shelter can’t begin serving our growing community soon enough. It’s a privilege to build a place that will be able to make sure every individual who needs help will be able to receive it.”

The new Children’s Inn is being built on 3.5 acres within the Empower campus in eastern Sioux Falls, which houses many organizations committed to assisting those in need.

“Lloyd has been a perfect partner for us,” said Michelle Lavallee, CEO of Children’s Home Society. “They’ve been so responsive, always keeping us informed and meeting deadlines. The pre-construction planning phase is done and they’ve exceeded expectations. We’re just thrilled with their services.”

The new facility is scheduled to be done by the end of 2022.