A Day to Give Back
In keeping with GMC’s mission of Building Communities, the Birmingham Architecture department wanted to dedicate a day to giving back to their community. The team chose to gain hands-on experience by working on a Habitat for Humanity house in Crestwood, Alabama that would help fulfill a local family’s dream of owning a home. They kicked off the day cleaning the job site and staging for the work to follow. Once the site was ready, they tackled the first build task of framing the main porch beams and temporary columns. They spent the remainder of the time setting the roof trusses, and after hours of hard work, all but three of the trusses were set. “It was a very gratifying experience and was great for team building and morale,” said Architecture Vice President Gary Owen. “We plan to continue department outreach events like this that allow us to give back to the community and work together outside of the office.”
WhistleStop in the Rocket City
GMC showed up in full force for the 2017 WhistleStop Weekend at the historic Depot in Downtown Huntsville. Two teams from the Huntsville office, HOT GMC and Good Meat Cooks, competed in several of the barbecue competitions, including the Wing Thing, Shade Tree BBQ, People’s Choice BBQ and Chili Cook-off. Transportation designer Adam Clinard took home third place in the People’s Choice Awards for chili and eighth place in the Rocket City Open Chili Championship. GMC sponsored this year’s WhistleStop Weekend, which benefits the EarlyWorks Children’s Museum and supports educational programs for children in the community.
Nashville Architecture got their hands dirty volunteering with The Nashville Food Project and Cul2vate Nashville. The team spent the morning gleaning and harvesting crops, including kale, lettuce and tomatoes in Cul2vate’s urban garden at Ellington Agricultural Center. The organization focuses on food as a “tool for building up communities” and supports this mission by growing produce in their urban gardens and sharing resources with those wanting to grow their own food; cooking healthy, hot meals in their kitchens using recovered, donated and garden-grown food; and sharing meals and produce with people in need from their food trucks. Through these efforts, The Nashville Food Project provides more than 3,000 healthy, made-from-scratch meals to those in need throughout their community.
A Show of Hands
On May 6, 2017, the GMC Greenville team was among the more than 5,000 volunteers working on 106 community projects as part of the United Way of Greenville’s Hands on Greenville (HOG) Day. GMC was paired with Upstate International, a non-profit organization that empowers people and businesses of all nations to thrive by connecting them through programs, events and initiatives that foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas. Upstate International’s three part-time employees work out of a house originally built in 1945, which requires a significant amount of maintenance. GMC’s employees, spouses, friends and children worked together to spruce up the house, building shelves, installing new floors, deep cleaning inside and out, sanding and priming the exterior, trimming shrubs, planting a new herb and vegetable garden and more.
Bridging the Gap
The GMC Mobile team recently partnered with our clients at Belforest Water System on a community project to benefit the City of Daphne and Daphne East Elementary School. This project was conceived and pursued by the Belforest Water System Board of Directors and consisted of the design and construction of a pedestrian bridge across an existing drainage ditch that lies between Daphne East Elementary and the City of Daphne’s Al Trione Sports Complex. Prior to construction of this bridge, students often had to be transported by bus from the elementary school to the sports complex because of stormwater runoff in the ditch. Providing pedestrian access to the complex, which features baseball, softball and soccer fields, creates many new opportunities for Daphne East’s physical education program and other extracurricular activities for students. Belforest Water System donated all of the materials and provided the construction equipment, while GMC engineers and survey staff donated time to design the bridge, and even helped BWS personnel construct the bridge over a weekend in April. “Knowing the positive impact this project will have on the students and faculty at Daphne East, and the community as a whole, is extremely rewarding. We’re grateful to Belforest Water System for coming up with this concept and allowing GMC to play a part in making the project happen,” said GMC project manager Corley Lauderdale, PE.