By: Jacob Davis on August 31st, 2021
ConstructConnect Makes an Impact for AIA New York’s Annual Day of Service
ConstructConnect recently helped finance two community improvement projects for AIA New York's Annual Day of Service.
Inspired by ConstructConnect's AEC Cares community outreach, the event is an opportunity for volunteers to give back and help nonprofit organizations around the city make upgrades to their facilities. Each project is led by a different team of architects and supported by multiple partners and donors.
"ConstructConnect has supported AIA New York over the years through various sponsorships. This year, as we looked for a way to meaningfully impact communities, the AIA New York's Day of Service program was a natural fit," explained Jen Johnson, Chief Experience Officer at ConstructConnect. "For me, any time you can take your time, talent, and treasure to improve the lives of others, it's a good day. Seeing the amazing work that is being done through AIA New York's Day of Service is inspiring, and ConstructConnect is thrilled to be involved."
This year's projects haven't been without their challenges. The industry continues to battle material shortages, and this year's projects were no exception.
"Some issues we have been dealing with are delays and scarcity of critical project materials and products, which have been delaying our anticipated schedules." Said Kavitha Mathew, Special Projects Director for the AIA's New York chapter. "Despite these challenges, we were able to partner with community organizations to have a positive impact."
PS 57 Library Renovation in East Harlem
Ennead Architects and Richter+Ratner worked with Concrete Safaris and PS/MS 57 to revitalize a shared community space in the school library. Along with serving its students, the library is currently used by community members and Concrete Safaris, whose mission is to connect East Harlem kids to nature and encourage healthy, active community engagement.
The renovation of this space aims to utilize design elements to promote wellness and learning with reconfigured gathering spaces. New bright finishes and furniture will reinvent the space, while wellness infographics, plants, and a mural by a local artist will connect students to their community and the Concrete Safaris mission.
A 'respite' zone will support mental health through biophilia and noise reduction elements, while a 'tech' zone will encourage STEM learning through 3D printers and increased access to research equipment and computers.
Sensory Garden for the Residents of S:US' E34th Street
For a second consecutive year, Dattner Architects has partnered with Services for the Underserved (S:US) to transform one of their urban garden spaces for the AIANY Day of Service.
This year, the Dattner team was tasked with creating a sensory garden for the residents of S:US' E34th Street property. The result allowed volunteers to turn the previously unprogrammed space into a colorful oasis that provides a variety of new amenities including a vibrant mural to add interest during all seasons, a yard game area, new fencing that offers increased privacy and shade in the sunny backyard, plant beds and a raised planter hosting a variety of edible plants and fragrant flowers, and a much-needed regrading of the yard so residents with limited mobility can enjoy their new space safely. The
Dattner team is grateful they could positively impact the E34th Street residents and staff who depend on this space—we hope it brings them joy for years to come.
About Jacob Davis
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