The NYCBW Role Model Program has supported hundreds of young ladies for over 30 years. The organization has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to further the education of these girls. The program identifies young ladies who demonstrate leadership potential as well as those who they feel will benefit from the program at large. Our very own, Yvette Richardson has a been role model for the program since 2016. The program took place on April 3rd.
The Say It Loud Remember Slavery: Triumphs and Struggles for Freedom and Equality Exhibit is an exhibit that features 10 male and 11 female African architects who has changed society through their work and creative talent. The theme of the exhibit celebrates the gains of people of African decent from slavery to present. Say It Loud: Remember Slavery will be on display from 5-28 March 2018 in the Visitors Lobby at United Nations Headquarters New York . Our very own Richard Franklin will be featured in this exhibit.
Richard and Yvette attended the ground breaking ceremony for Woodycrest veteran’s Housing on February 22, 2016. HELP USA and CMC Development have teamed up to provide affordable housing for homeless and low-income veterans. SRW provided due diligence services for the Lender and will be monitoring the construction as it progresses.
SRW is very proud to be a leader sponsor for LISC NYC`s Big Apple Innovation Award hosted January 26th 2016 in New York City. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has been engaged in turning New City neighborhoods into a good place to live, a good place to do business and a good place to raise families. They have dedicated for over 30 years by providing both technical and financial assistance for developing the infrastructures of the communities. LISC have been a great part of community development, making it better and more comfortable for people all around the city.
As a Membership Chair for NYCOBA NOMA, Erasmus attended the NOMA National meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The main purpose of the meeting is to promote and makes sure that the mission and goals of the organization is followed. The national meeting is for the board members of NOMA, where the members plans, programs and make sure there are enough resources for all local chapters and to help the local chapters in areas where they need assistance.
October is NYC’s Architecture and Design month. Throughout that month, there are activities, programs and exhibitions taking place all over the city. The purpose of this annual event is to remind everyone how important architecture and design is in everyday life. This year, Yvette attended the annual Max Bond Lecture, titled Conversations Community presented by Phil Freelon, FAIA, NOMA a progressive leader in architecture, managing director at Perkins & Will and founder of the Freelon Group. The talk focused on design for community, buildings for civic, cultural and educational clients that bring design excellence to everyday people.
At the annual 2015 NOMA conference Richard presented the topic of landscape resilience and changing place with Elizabeth Kennedy, principal of Elisabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect. Theydiscussed issues where resilience are reshaping ideas of neighborhoods in ways not fully anticipated and, how oftentimes parts are overlooked that are significant for the resiliency puzzle.
The National Organization of Minority Architects hosted their Annual National Conference & Exposition for the 43rd time. This year it took place in New Orleans, Louisiana and SRW was present in full force with Yvette, Erasmus, Richard, Cappy and Natasha in attendance. This year NOMA`s conference theme was RISE: Social Justice by design. It emphasized how NOMA has always been engaged in communities and continues to promote social equality in the design processes.
SRW is a prequalified resiliency consultant in NYC`s multifamily Built it Back program. We will provide architecture and engineering services to design resiliency solutions to (2) multifamily buildings, that are located in coastal communities that were awarded community Block development +FEMA funds.
Yvette and Erasmus attended an event that was hosted by NYCOBA NOMA and the AIA Diversity & Inclusion Committee of AIA NYC called Arch of a Career Symposium at the Center for Architecture on August 1, 2015. The purpose of this event is to invest in raising visibility among architects in the industry by achieving personal branding. George Miller was the keynote speaker and there were several of panel discussions to learn and understand the importance of brand and self-promotion.
These projects are direct results from a flood mitigation feasibility study of 11 Early learning Centers to implement resiliency and flood mitigation measure to avoid future flood damage. The feasibility study was used to secure a head start grant to fund the resiliency projects.
Another person from our incredible team graduated from the PACE Construction Management Certificate Program. Congratulations Natasha! The Construction Management Certificate program is a program designed to provide knowledge of the regulatory, insurance, management, safety, estimating, and environmental aspects of the construction management industry.
Built by Women, also known as BxW, is an educational and social initiative, celebrating women’s contribution to the built environment. They wish to empower the diversity of women working in different profession by recognizing and supporting their work. Orah attended the BxW March 2, 2015 by going to their exhibition that took place at the Center for Architecture, the NYC headquarters for AIA. The exhibition exhibited 98 different sites created by women in engineering, architecture and construction industries. It was an amazing event that created awareness in industries where women are a minority.
Every February is Black History Month, a month where we celebrate achievements by black Americans and to recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S history. Yvette and Richard attended the Brooklyn Chambers of Commerce event at Weeksville Center to be a part of this historical celebration.
October is the Architecture and Design month. Throughout the month, there are activities, programs and exhibitions taking place all over the city. The purpose of this annual event is to remind everyone how important architecture and design is in everyday life. It is everywhere. Richard attended the Max Bond Lecture October 27th 2014, which was an annual series of design talks in memory of J. Max Bond Jr. Yvette attended another event October 18th, 2014 called “Building of The Year” that took place at 40 Vanderbilt Navy Green Supportive Housing in Brooklyn.
Natural disasters are some of the things that are we cannot control and has devastating consequences for people and their communities. Unfortunately, we cannot prevent a hurricane from coming, but we can be prepared and precautious in order to minimize the damage as much as possible. This is what our principal Richard Franklin learned about attending the Northeast Risk & Resiliency Leadership Forum in Stamford, CT. Experts from the fields of weather sciences, risk analysis and more were gathered to talk about steps to take and things to do in these situations.
Has it already been 10 years? SRW is proud of all our achievements and would like to thank everyone that has been a part of our journey. Many years have passed, and we have many more years to go. 10 years and it keeps getting better! #ProjectSolved
Not only did SRW participate at NOMA`s Annual Conference in 2014 by having Cappy engage in discussions as a panelist, we also sponsored a reception for the NOMA Community project called “Light & Hope”. In addition, we engaged Kenny Gamble to be a keynote speaker at the conference. Mr. Gamble is a famous songwriter and music producer that has won several awards such as a Grammy for his songs, and a successful developer who has significantly impacted the built environment in Philadelphia.
NOMA’s Annual Conference was held in Philadelphia for 2014. Yvette, Richard, Cappy, Natasha and Erasmus attended this year. In addition, our principal Cappy was a panelist on Faith in Design workshop at the conference. Cappy shared his experience and thoughts concerning the diversity of religious beliefs among our partnership and its influence on architecture and design.
Every year Richard Franklin opens his home to all of SRW`s employees and close associates. On September 27th, Richards home and beautiful deck was filled with great company. It was enjoyable to gather staff from our two offices with great food and conversations.