1. New Offices
2. Pre-Convention Renovation
AEC Cares is an organization that’s about “linking architecture and construction professionals to the communities where we live and work” The day before the National AIA Convention, AEC Cares sponsors a “blitz build” single day renovation of a building in the host city. This year, on May 18th, they partnered with the Community Design Collaborative (CDC) for Project Philadelphia to renovate the Philadelphia Athletic Recreation Center. The Center offers hundreds of Sharswood neighborhood youths after school and sports programs, six days and nights a week. Nearing a century of use, the building was in dire need of repairs. Nearly 150 nationwide volunteers completed approximately $323,540 worth of renovations in a SINGLE DAY.
CMA Project Architect Jeff Brummer, AIA, LEED AP, is a veteran volunteer with the CDC, which provides pro bono design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia. He was part of the Design Collaborative team that provided preliminary design and project management for Project Philadelphia. Jeff was involved in not only the design and construction processes, but in the fund and material-raising efforts to support the success of the project.
Months of planning and preliminary work resulted in stunning improvements to the spaces, including renovations to the lobby, auditorium, kitchen, after-school art room, and costume room. Jeff admits “It’s great to have the before photos for me to remember the difference between what it looked like before we started this renovation and what is now a completed project.”
Check out all before and after photos by clicking HERE: