HBG Design is awarded the Inaugural Firm Service Award
The impact made by the architectural profession in communities across our city and beyond reaches far past the buildings and communities we design through fee-based work. The power of design and collaboration, innovation, and the individuals who bring their passion and vision into the communities in which we all live, work, play and learn are recognized with a new award for firms for their service to the community. AIA Memphis congratulates HBG Design, the inaugural recipient of the Firm Service Award.
The Firm Service Award recognizes an outstanding single or reoccurring contribution to the community through service, design, or design-thinking outside of fee-based work.
“We were very intentional in rethinking our definition of giving back to Memphis by becoming change agents who drive community revitalization through design-thinking, relationship-building and hands-on service,” says Danny Valle, AIA, HBG Principal. Launching theThe Kirk Bobo Creating Impact Grant, named after firm founding partner, Kirk Bobo, FAIA, HBG Design selected The Heights CDC/Treadwell Middle School as their first recipient of grant funds and volunteer service.The project, designed and built by teams of HBG Design employee volunteers, includes a painted mural at Treadwell School’s main entrance and a new gathering space in front of the school with custom-made planters and benches designed to encourage engagement between students, teachers, parents and the community.
Inspiring a Community Through Design.
Treadwell School is literally and figuratively the heart of The Heights community. As a building, it serves a purpose much greater than just the center of education and learning – it is a safe place, a community resource, and the embodiment of a community that has come together to support and enrich the lives of future generations. “We want the first interaction someone has with the school to be positive and welcoming....we want to present a glimpse of the hope and opportunity that exists inside,” says Katie Lynn, AIA, an HBG employee volunteer. Working together with Jared Myers, Executive Director of The Heights CDC, multiple teams of volunteers from HBG Design have spent over 500 hours making improvements at Treadwell. “What HBG is doing here is part of a bigger picture to elevate our neighborhood and better represent the pride we, as residents, have in our community and in each other,” said Myers.