Our Community Cares for yours…
What is AEC Cares?
AEC Cares is about linking architecture and construction professionals to the communities where we live and work. Every year, on the day before the AIA National Convention, we bring together CMD, the AIA and Hanley Wood, leading manufacturers, generous sponsors and volunteers from across the U.S. for a project that helps the host community.
AEC Cares started in 2011 with projectNOLA, where we helped rebuild five houses that had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, we worked with Sasha Bruce Youthwork and restored a dilapidated, abandoned building in Washington, D.C., that is now home for underprivileged young people working hard to stay in school and gain skills for their futures. For 2014’s projectChicago, we renovated a 30 year-old former school, now used to care for and educate some of Englewood’s underprivileged children. In 2015, we joined forces with Covenant House Georgia to renew and renovate a crisis shelter where homeless and trafficked youth turn for help.
In 2016, AEC Cares partnered with the Community Design Collaborative to renovate the Philadelphia Athletic Recreation Center. Used by hundreds of children in the Sharswood neighborhood for after school and sports programs, the center was in desperate need of repair and upgrades. Our sixth annual blitz build, projectPhiladelphia took place on May 18th, 2016, the day before the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.
Completely renovating the kitchen, theatre, arts/crafts room, and the lobby, our team donated ~$340K worth of improvements in a single day! The results were breathtaking.
Together, we can accomplish something amazing. Combining the best of the industry, the best products, the best architects, engineers and GCs and the best volunteers, we make a difference one community at a time.
*video courtesy of USG
What is the industry saying?
Never before have I seen such an excellent example of businesses rolling-up their sleeves to work hand-in-hand with homeless youth advocates.
This is the type of ideal partnership you rarely, if ever, see in action.
These are kids who have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else, but they don’t have the resources. We’re helping connect them to all the things that we take for granted.