Building a future for women in recovery

In 2018, AEC Cares joined forces with the Santa Maria Hostel to renovate its women’s substance abuse treatment center.
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What is AEC Cares?

AEC Cares is about linking architecture and construction professionals to the communities where we live and work. Every year, during the AIA Conference on Architecture, we bring together ConstructConnect, the AIA and Hanley Wood, leading manufacturers, generous sponsors and volunteers from across the U.S. for a project that helps the host community.


Sign up to volunteer for AEC Cares projectLasVegas. Saturday, June 8, 2019.

AEC Cares needs your help

With the help of our community partners, we’ve provided over $2.5M worth of renovations in underprivileged neighborhoods since 2011. Your support is critical, and every dollar helps make the projects successful. Get involved today! We have a selection of packages for sponsors who want to help make a significant difference in the lives and futures of those in need.

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The Board

Dave Conway



Dennis Cotter

Senior Executive Vice President

James G. Davis Construction Corporation

David Gilmore

President & CEO


Robert Ivy, FAIA

Executive Vice President/CEO


Debbie Sulewski

Senior Director, Design


Mike Waldinger, Hon AIA

Executive Vice President

AIA Illinois

Laura Marlow, LEED AP

Executive Director

AEC Cares

Past Projects

2018 #projectHouston

AEC Cares joined forces with the Santa Maria Hostel to renovate its women’s center.

A great event where volunteers renovated Outdoor green space, Playground area, Dining room, Group Counseling Rooms.

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2017 #projectOrlando

With Balfour Beatty we helped the Coalition for the Homeless/Central FL.

The lobby was upgraded and new reception desk installed. We were able to provide new flooring and wall cladding, and made renovations to hallways.

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2016 #projectPhiladelphia

With Erickson & Son we helped the Philadelphia Athletic Recreation Center.

We renovated the lobby, arts & crafts room, and storage room. Also, the kitchen was completely gutted and overhauled.

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2015 #projectAtlanta

With Skanska we helped the Covenant House.

A vast walk-in closet to organize donations was built, new flooring in the cafeteria was installed, and hallways were painted. Additionally we installed custom artwork, and performed extensive landscaping.

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2014 #projectChicago

With FH Paschen we helped the Metropolitan Family Services.

It was time to retrofit the low income day care center. We renovated 32,000 Sq. Ft. of the 40,000 Sq. Ft. building. Walls were painted, flooring and ceiling tiles were replaced, and an existing playground was tranformed into an age-appropriate one. The old cabinetry and counter tops were also replaced.

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2013 #projectDenver

With Layton Construction we helped the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

We were able to renovate the cafeteria, install new flooring, and apply wall cladding throughout the activity room. Additionally, new furniture was brought in, we refurbished the small group counseling room, and performed extensive painting. Outside, nearly $90,000 in new landscaping was provided.

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2012 #projectDC

We helped Sasha Bruce YouthWorks

After completely renovating the training center we installed new flooring and furniture. We painted throughout the facility, and also replaced the brick exterior.

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2011 #projectNOLA

We partnered with Catholic Charities to fix and renovate 5 homes which were badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

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