ConstructConnect Announces the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida as AEC Cares 2017 Annual Project

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ConstructConnect, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Hanley Wood Media collaborate with local design teams to renovate the Center for Women and Families (CWF)

AEC Cares is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation actively supported by ConstructConnect with the AIA and Hanley Wood, generous sponsors, donors and volunteers

AEC Cares is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation actively supported by ConstructConnect with the AIA and Hanley Wood, generous sponsors, donors and volunteers

Compassionate organizations like AEC Cares make the difference between the Coalition being a shelter versus a home.

ConstructConnect, a leading provider of construction information and technology in North America, AIA and Hanley Wood Media announced today the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida’s CWF is the recipient of AEC Care’s seventh annual blitz build. The “projectOrlando” build will unite construction and design professionals from around the country to renovate the Central Florida shelter on April 26, 2017, the day before the AIA National Convention at the Orange County Convention Center.

"The ConstructConnect team is an enthusiastic supporter of AEC Cares and its mission," said Dave Conway, ConstructConnect CEO and President of AEC Cares. "We are excited to support AEC Cares in revitalizing the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida's CWF. It is an honor to collaborate with architects, contractors, and product manufacturers to create a warmer and brighter space for families in the Orlando community."

The Coalition furnishes temporary residences and comprehensive services to help provide economic and housing stability for its clients. It is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida. The Coalition’s CWF can accommodate up to 240 people. The renovation of the CWF offers a chance to bring positive changes to the homeless community. During the blitz build, AEC professionals will improve the Center’s lobby, dormitory hallways, and family room.

“Compassionate organizations like AEC Cares make the difference between the Coalition being a shelter versus a home. Our resources provide the basic necessities to more than 500 people each day, so we are incredibly grateful when a professional group reaches out to us, offering to go the extra mile for our clients,” said John C. Hearn, President, and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. “We can’t wait to see how volunteers from AEC Cares transform the family dorms in our CWF. It will make a huge difference in the daily lives of those who call the CWF home.”

ConstructConnect, AIA and Hanley Wood Media have worked together for the past seven years for AEC Cares’ annual build, to raise awareness and provide community support for worthwhile projects across the United States. Beginning 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. AEC Cares’ most recent project included revitalizing an inner-city Philadelphia athletic recreation center.

“The AIA is proud to participate in the AEC Cares projectOrlando and is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the greater Central Florida community hosting the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017,” said Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/Chief Executive Officer of the AIA. “Our collective effort to deliver positive and impactful social change in local communities, like Orlando, is what drives the profession to design a better world and create beautiful, functional solutions for special clients like the CWF.”

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

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About ConstructConnect
ConstructConnect is a leading provider of construction information and technology solutions in North America. Through the combination of its four legacy brands (iSqFt, Construction Market Data, BidClerk and Construction Data), ConstructConnect brings project participants together with the most complete, accurate and actionable construction data and tools to drive success in national, regional and local markets. Its collaborative network empowers the construction industry to be more successful with access to relevant information through easy to use technology. For more information, visit constructconnect.com.

About AEC Cares
AEC Cares is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation actively supported by ConstructConnect 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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