Construction Professionals Volunteer For A Special AEC Cares Project To Help Underprivileged Children On Chicago’s South Side

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Architects, contractors, manufacturers and construction professionals team up with AEC Cares and Reed Construction Data on the day before the AIA National Convention to give infants, toddlers and preschoolers a brighter start.

AEC Cares project site
USG is proud to work with AEC Cares, Reed and the volunteers for this amazing blitz-build project. We encourage all other materials manufacturers to join in this effort for both the children and the Chicago community.

Reed Construction Data proudly announces the design team for the upcoming AEC Cares project in Chicago. This year working with Metropolitan Family Services, the teams of architects, contractors, manufacturers and construction professionals are joining forces for a special project to renovate the Arthur A. Libby Elementary School. The goal is to transform the building into a bright and colorful center that gives very young children a safe place to stay during the day and teaches them that education can be exciting and fun.

“Exceptionally generous and talented companies and individuals are working with us this year to build a very special environment for the children,” stated Renee Pinczes, President, AEC Cares and Vice President, Reed Construction Data. “The design teams are giving countless hours to make this project a success. We cannot thank them enough.”

On June 25, 2014, AEC Cares is bringing together all professionals and volunteers from Reed Construction Data, the AIA and Hanley Wood for the one-day, on-site "blitz build" event that will complete the center's transformation. The 150-plus volunteers will work to complete the colorful playground and play areas and several interior areas.

For the past several months, AEC Cares, Reed and the design team members have been working to complete preliminary tasks for the project, ranging from drafting plans to ordering materials, enlisting volunteers and installing ceiling tiles. Providing time, talent and skills, they have set the ground work for the one-day “blitz-build” that will bring all teams together to finalize the center’s transformation.

This year’s design team includes several Chicago-based talents:

  • Brandy Koch, lead architect and project manager
  • Katherine Darnstadt, Latent Design
  • Kaitlin Streyle, Muller+Muller
  • Chey Hsiao, SMNG-A Architects
  • Mindy Viamontes, exp
  • David Rizzio, FH Paschen
  • Marta Gazda Auskalnis
  • Jennifer McKenzie, Gensler
  • Linda Chavez, Gensler
  • Mark Schwamel, Gensler
  • Jason Kubichan, USG Corporation
  • Jose Estrada, USG Corporation
  • Richard Master, USG Corporation

USG, the Chicago-based leader in gypsum wallboard and related construction and remodeling products, is donating much-needed funds and state-of-the-art ceiling tiles.

“USG is proud to work with AEC Cares, Reed and the volunteers for this amazing blitz-build project,” stated Richard Master, Senior Manager of Sustainability, USG. “We encourage all other materials manufacturers to join in this effort for both the children and the Chicago community.”

To join the AEC Cares’ project or find more information about AEC Cares, visit

About AEC Cares
AEC Cares is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation actively supported by Reed Construction Data, with the AIA and Hanley Wood, generous sponsors, donors and volunteers. Bringing together architects, contractors, manufacturers and industry professionals from across the United States and Canada, AEC Cares works to create positive change through meaningful projects that benefit a new community every year. To learn more about AEC Cares, visit

About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan reaches more than 63,000 families and individuals annually through seven community centers, with services that promote education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment. For more information, visit

About Reed Construction Data
Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. Reed provides actionable insight to construction professionals through a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services, including national, regional and local construction project data, accurate and reliable construction cost data, effective marketing solutions and dynamic market intelligence. To learn more about Reed, visit

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