CMD Announces Philadelphia Athletic Recreation Center as 2016 AEC Cares Project

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CMD, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Hanley Wood Media partnering with Community Design Collaborative to renovate recreation center in Sharswood neighborhood

AEC Cares is about linking architecture and construction professionals to the communities where we live and work.

AEC Cares is about linking architecture and construction professionals to the communities where we live and work.

All children should have access to an athletic facility that helps them get the healthiest possible start in life, and AEC Cares will bring together architects, designers, contractors, product manufacturers and volunteers to make that happen.

CMD, one of the leading providers of construction information in North America, AIA and Hanley Wood Media today announced the Philadelphia Athletic Center as the recipient of AEC Cares’ sixth annual “blitz build.” This year’s build, titled projectPhiladelphia, will unite construction professionals from around the country to renovate the inner-city Philadelphia recreation center on May 18, 2016, one day prior to the AIA National Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Used by hundreds of children in the Sharswood neighborhood for after school and sports programs, the Athletic Recreation Center is in desperate need of repair and upgrades. During the “blitz build,” AEC professionals will improve the center’s main entrance, lobby space, after school art room, performance space and more.

“Through our local partnership with AIA Philadelphia and the Community Design Collaborative, AEC Cares will give the Philadelphia Athletic Recreation Center a much needed facelift. We’re thrilled to work together with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department to create a facility that is warm, inviting, and beautiful,” said Laura Marlow, senior director of business development and strategic partnerships at CMD and AEC Cares executive director. “All children should have access to an athletic facility that helps them get the healthiest possible start in life, and AEC Cares will bring together architects, designers, contractors, product manufacturers and volunteers to make that happen.”

CMD, AIA and Hanley Wood Media have joined forces the past six years, during AEC Cares’ annual build, to raise awareness and provide community support for worthwhile projects across the United States. In 2011, these groups collaborated to rebuild five homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Subsequent projects included revitalizing houses for homeless teens in Washington D.C. and transforming a 30-year-old former school building into a cheerful up-to-date daycare and early learning center for impoverished children in Chicago’s Southwest Side. The most recent project included revitalizing an inner-city Atlanta shelter for youths in crisis.

“As partners in communities no matter where they practice, architects are eager to collaborate on projects that help build a better world and a better local environment,” said Robert Ivy, Executive Vice President/CEO, AIA and AEC Cares Board member. “The AEC Cares project is an annual opportunity for our professional community to come together to make a difference in the city hosting our convention.”

To sponsor the AEC Cares project or to find additional information, visit aeccares.com.

About CMD
CMD, the Innovation Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. CMD’s diverse portfolio of innovative products and technologies includes national, regional and local project leads, marketing solutions and market intelligence to provide insight to construction industry professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit the CMD website at cmdgroup.com.

About AEC Cares
AEC Cares is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation actively supported by CMD 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 aeccares.com.

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