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Arcadis pro bono: Local partners; People-centric solutions

Arcadis pro bono: Local partners; People-centric solutions

 August 29, 2019

Working with Arcadis means working with an organization that cares about the wider community. That's because the company's employees have the opportunity help with meaningful projects which make a difference to people's lives through the Arcadis Pro Bono Program.

Arcadis provides the expertise of its employees at no cost to North America community-led development projects that demonstrate the potential of improving the quality of life for others.

Where Women Work takes a look at two of these pro bono projects: one in Louisville, Kentucky, and the other in Syracuse, New York.

Louisville: transforming warehouses into a community hub

Once a thriving community known as 'Harlem of the South', Louisville’s historic Russell neighborhood today has one of the highest poverty rates in the city. Due to its prime location west of downtown, private investment and gentrification has the strong potential to create displacement of existing residents. The 'Russell: A Place of Promise' initiative focuses on leveraging new investments to build community wealth and ownership opportunities for residents.

One of the key elements of the initiative is to transform a former cigar manufacturing facility located on an abandoned five-acre property known as the Madison Street Warehouses into a vibrant community hub offering safe housing, business and job opportunities, banking and food choices, and positive entertainment options for residents and visitors. Arcadis is using laser-scanning to develop a 3D rendering of the warehouses and providing environmental engineering support to help Russell: A Place of Promise plan and budget for this undertaking.

“We have worked in Louisville for decades, but with the recent opening of an Arcadis office here, this is a great opportunity to continue building our investment in the area,” says Shawn Cecil, Arcadis Project Manager. “We are thrilled to contribute to this program that tests community empowerment concepts and will positively impact the Russell neighborhood and hopefully other cities in the future.”

New York: re-imagining a field house to better serve local people

William A. Barry Park is a 15-acre city park located in a disadvantaged part of Syracuse, New York. In the park sits a single-story field house that, while functionally challenged, serves as a gathering place for youth and community programming.

Partnering with the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs, Arcadis is helping with design and delivery of field house renovations.

Based on direct input from residents, renovations include:

  • remodeled exterior-accessible bathrooms that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and include a baby-changing facility
  • a ventilation system that will provide a more comfortable setting for programs during warmer months
  • porous pavement sidewalks leading to the field house and restroom entrances that allow for ease of use of the facility by the elderly and those with disabilities
  • an open-air pavilion/portico to provide shade and a rain shelter for increased ADA-compliant programming space
  • a rain garden to help mitigate stormwater runoff from the field house and pavilion, while providing a sustainable education opportunity
  • using drones and laser scanners, Arcadis will assess the site condition and use current data to create a BIM model of the field house, incorporating the design of the new features

Arcadis is engaging high school students from the Syracuse City School District and engineering students from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Engineering and Syracuse University through job-shadowing and mentoring opportunities.

“Arcadis has strong roots in Syracuse and we’re excited to contribute our expertise to a small but mighty project,” says John Perriello, Arcadis Project Manager. “What makes this project so much more than a simple building renovation is the impact it will have on our neighbors, including the area high school and college students who will gain firsthand experience in data collection, 3-D sustainable design, and construction management by helping us execute the project.”

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