From Designers to Builders: Habitat for Humanity

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On Saturday, June 7th staff from P+R and Studio One Eleven as well as their friends and family traded in pencils and straight edges for paint brushes and drills for a Habitat for Humanity Build Day in Long Beach. Team members arrived to the build site on Lime Ave. early to begin work on the house, which consisted of laying tile, painting, flooring, and much more.

Their hard work does not go unappreciated as all completed Habitat for Humanity builds are soon inhabited by deserving partner homeowners and their families. The Lime Ave. build will soon be enjoyed by a woman and her two children who are all looking forward to their new residency in Long Beach. The project will be completed in approximately 4 weeks. Our team contributed to the laying of laminate flooring, tiling of bathrooms and kitchens, interior painting and exterior trim work.

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Tammy Dinh, a designer at Studio One Eleven, said of the experience, “Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity was a great way to give back to the community while also getting to know fellow coworkers.”

Habitat for Humanity conducts these builds as a symbol of hope in the community and a tangible milestone in their progress toward their goal of eliminating poverty housing throughout the world. As an architecture firm, it is our goal to design places for people to thrive. Working with Habitat for Humanity has enabled us to align both organizational goals and provide a warm sense of community to our new neighbors.

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Creating opportunities through architecture is a way P+R has found its role in giving back. Continuing on our efforts to design affordable housing for areas of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Habitat for Humanity build allowed our organization to physically “get their hands dirty” in our efforts to create a stable sense of “place” for all.

Dinh added, “It was an amazing feeling to be able to work as a group towards a singular cause.”

Tammy was also the designer of the event shirts seen in the photos.
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