Chris Caron, a designer in our Los Angeles studio, recently spoke at the Los Angeles Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (LACSI). His presentation covered the studio’s Social Purpose program, which “gives us the chance to contribute to our communities in more personal ways.” The studio might meet this goal by providing pro bono professional services to nonprofits who couldn’t otherwise afford them. Projects associated with the program typically address human needs like affordable housing, childcare, healthcare, and education.
Chris spoke more specifically about the Los Angeles studio’s work with New Directions for Youth, a comprehensive youth development agency that provides direct services and programs to more than 3,000 at-risk youth and families annually. The agency has provided critical services to more than 200,000 youth since its inception in 1975.
Perkins&Will Los Angeles has partnered with the organization to renovate their two-level building in North Hollywood, Chris explained in his talk, completing most of the lower level in phase 1 of the project with the addition of a slew of new program elements, including a gym area for dance and yoga as well as a recording studio, bathrooms, new laundry areas, and upgraded mechanical, electrical, and plumbing elements.
Kevin Sherrod, a designer from Gensler’s Los Angeles studio, and Eddie Gomez, an architect with Taylor Design, joined Chris as speakers for the evening event.