As remodeling and construction continues at the Gibson Gateway Center, the hospital turned community health resource center is looking a bit more fresh after a new coat of paint.

The Painting Contractors Association volunteered 125 painters to redo areas of the Gibson Health Hub on Feb. 21. According to a press release, the effort amounted to 1,000 hours of labor that saved the city approximately $400,000.

The work was part of the Painting Contractors Association’s “Paint it Forward” program, an initiative to spread “painting happiness” and give back to the community.

“The professional painting contractors who make up the membership of the Painting Contractors Association each perform their own charitable projects each and every year, donating thousands of hours of labor to worthwhile projects across North America – by developing and staging PCA’s first coordinated national Paint It Forward event here at Albuquerque’s Gateway Center, we have an opportunity to give back while working side by side for the first time,” said PCA Executive Director Nigel Costolloe in a press release.

Fresh coats of paint were added to the lobby, an office suite and sleeping areas. Supplies were by Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore.

“We’re grateful to have Paint It Forward here to work on one of the City’s biggest projects,” said Mayor Tim Keller, who got in on some of the painting action himself, at the event. Keller credited the Gibson Health Hub’s progress to community support.

The city expects to open the Gibson Gateway in April and will serve 1,000 people a day.