Building a Promise of Hope for Homeowners

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JCJ Architecture On-site for Charity in San Diego

This project represents a significant contribution to our immediate community.

JCJ Architecture’s San Diego office will put forth a team of architects, designers, interior designers and studio staff to help with Habitat for Humanity’s efforts in San Diego County.

JCJ’s participation is scheduled for May 6th and 7th to help in the Phase II build-out of new townhomes on G Avenue in National City, just north of Chula Vista. The project will consist of eight single-family, two-story, three-bedroom, three-bathroom homes, each approximately 644 square feet, with an anticipated full completion by the end of 2011.

National City, the second oldest city in San Diego County, has a historic past dating back to the early 1800s when the area was first used by Spanish soldiers to graze their horses. The city developed apace during the 1940-1970s, with the most current figures approximating 58,000 in population over its 9.2 square mile area. The City has a proud history, with numerous historic buildings, but remains one with higher renter-occupied versus owner-occupied home ratios, and lower income levels. The San Diego affiliate of Habitat for Humanity’s focus is on “Strengthening Communities and Transforming Lives,” and aims to do this through affordable home ownership programs such as the G Avenue project, thereby restoring hope for homeless families to one day live in a home of their own. Globally, the organization’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world.

JCJ Architecture, as a part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, has committed to participating in community events in each of its geographic regions nationwide. While JCJ’s headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut has worked with Habitat for Humanity in the past, this will be the first time the southern California office has participated in a Habitat build. Team Captain, Stephanie Lee, Senior Interior Designer in the San Diego studio, comments, “We are pleased and honored to be a part of this effort. As professionals in the design and construction profession, we are often focused and intent upon meeting our large commercial project deadlines over a wider geographic area. Working alongside the Habitat for Humanity organization provides an opportunity to contribute on a scale more intimate and highly significant to the immediate community.”

Richard Blackman, Managing Principal in San Diego, stresses that while the program’s focus is primarily one of community service, it also benefits the employees through team-building and professional development. “Volunteering grants us a greater understanding of what’s important today at a grass-roots level, which translates into our day-to-day work of designing to enhance the communities in which we live.” The JCJ team consists of Blackman, Linda Waters, Tarek Nabas, Stephanie Lee, Sharmista Mitra-Kelly, Raul Ramirez, Kaylee Miner, Allison Louret, Davis Bali, Mike Bullis, David Biscan, and Joel Sharpe. Family members of JCJ employees will round out the team of 20 volunteers on the two-day project.

Founded in 1936 and headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, JCJ has offices in San Diego, Phoenix, New York City and Boston and is recognized as one of the country’s most respected architectural firms, providing clients with comprehensive planning, programming, architectural design, interior design, project management and construction administrative services. With a long-standing reputation for creativity, excellence and business acumen, JCJ Architecture works in a broad range of market sectors, including hospitality, education, civic, science and technology and commercial design.

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