Blog: Tagged 'Food Bank'
The BRS team visited Metro Caring’s new Hunger Relief Center at 18th and Downing last week during the final weeks of construction. GH Phipps Construction and BRS’s own Andrea Cunningham and Keith Hayes lead the tour of the spacious new building.Continue
Touring facilities is a great way for our employees to gain a better understanding of the firm's projects. Hard hat tours are especially a grand idea because it’s a chance to get a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes during construction of the buildings before they open.
Most importantly, they are also great learning opportunities to troubleshoot or educate others on lessons learned during the process.
Upon completion next month (May 23, 2015) the center will open its doors to provide services to hungry families who can stock up on whole foods and household items, learn about nutrition, self-sufficiency and gardening.
Several donors helped furnish the center with new features such as a greenhouse, cooking appliances, and a rooftop teaching garden with a great view. BRS employees learned about the operations of a successful food bank and toured front and back-of-house areas including loading docks, weigh-in areas, grocery display areas, intake and checkout areas, walk-in freezers, and storage areas. Metro Caring utilizes over a hundred volunteers weekly and distributes 4,000 – 6,000 pounds of food and household items every day.Hide Full Post
Posted by Melissa Ford, AIA, LEED AP on February 19, 2015 at 12:23pm
The BRS office, teamed with Alan Ford Architects, was pleased to participate in this year’s Canstruction Denver event.Continue
Every year, cities across the globe participate in this great charity event that solicits from both students and professionals in the field of architecture, engineering, construction and the like to construct “cansculptures” to raise awareness (and money) for world hunger. Using canned food of the teams’ choice, they must construct a design without manipulating or damaging any of the cans and labels.
This year’s Denver event was held at the History Colorado Museum, which had sculptures on display for the public to see for nearly 2 weeks. Viewers were encouraged to donate either $1 or a can of food in order to cast a vote for their favorite design. Given a 10 ft. x 10 ft. x 10 ft. space the BRS/Alan Ford team, “Cans-N-Plans”, used over 1,200 cans of beans and 200 cans of tuna to construct their design. After 4 hours of stacking, turning and reinforcing, the team completed their Wile-E Coyote-inspired design, entitled “I Think I Can”. With most of our design consisting of a double-wythe, running bond of canned beans, we used our knowledge of horizontal reinforcement to get the job done. Once the public display was over, the teams decanstructed their designs and boxed them up to be shipped to the local food bank.
The Canstruction event is a great opportunity that offers a unique design challenge for a wonderful cause. This was not BRS’s first rodeo at Canstruction and it sure won’t be the last!Hide Full Post
Posted on October 24, 2014 at 12:19pm
Metro CareRing (MCR) is a hunger relief organization that offers urgent food assistance and other services aimed at supporting individuals and families in need. In addition to operating one of the largest food pantries in Denver, MCR provides assistance with utilities, transportation and identification documentation.Continue
Utilizing over 160 ongoing volunteers and a small paid staff, the organization provides over 130,000 services each year and continues to grow. In its ongoing effort to curb hunger in Colorado, MCR has outgrown its existing facility, where conditions are cramped and parking is limited.
That’s where BRS came in, and I’ve been fortunate to have a major hand in the design of the planned 15,000-square-foot Hunger Relief Center that will replace the existing facility on the same site. It also just so happened that I’d been looking for ways to give back to my community outside the middle-class bubble in which I live, and after growing exhausted by unanswered inquiries to dozens of nonprofit organizations and traumatic trial runs with a handful of others, I decided to give Metro CareRing a shot. The organization’s no-nonsense tagline, “We provide nutritious food to hungry people,” was just up my BS-free alley.
The first evening I volunteered, I helped out in the back pantry sorting food donations into bins by food group. The radio was on and volunteers where jamming out while passing the pasta, tuna cans, peanut butter, fresh produce and hundreds of other edible items. Not only was it fun, but I immediately felt useful. After that, I decided to start volunteering regularly since the facility is open every Tuesday from 5:30 PM to 8 PM for patrons and volunteers—one of the few volunteer opportunities I’ve found that actually works with my 9-to-5 work schedule.
On my next visit to MCR, I met some of the program recipients and learned more about the comprehensive range of services the organization offers. MCR meets with individuals and families who are down on their luck and in need of assistance—and it’s their policy never to turn away anyone. They help people acquire government ID’s; assist in getting people’s power turned back on when they can’t pay their gas and electric bills; and provide patrons with free, quality, healthy food to help fill the gaps, among other services. It’s an amazing concept that prosperous people take for granted: allowing people to have a choice. Everything MCR has to offer is not only free but optional. A client gets to select his/her own foods to take home (within reason) so that undesirable items don’t unnecessarily go to waste. I saw one woman fill her allotted two bags for produce with nothing but potatoes and bananas; someone else went a little nutty with the artichoke selection, and a third patron got pretty stoked on leeks and parsnips!
Another amazing thing about MCR: The organization already has a wonderful following in the community. They routinely inherit half-used toilet paper rolls from DIA; tons (literally) of bread from local bakeries; and thousands upon thousands of pounds of fresh, often organic produce, frozen meats, dairy, eggs, canned and dried goods, and prepared foods from the likes of King Soopers, Whole Foods Market and Mile High Organics. Moreover, the organization recently partnered with Denver Urban Gardens to head up a community garden and composting project. The staff is highly qualified, committed, incredibly generous and just plain amazing. Volunteers come in with no expectations except for maybe some good tunes on the radio, like-minded company and the opportunity to help others in need.
The more I learn about MCR, the more there is to love. Through this incredible experience, I’ve met all kinds of people with whom I likely never would have come into contact. And you know what? It’s been the most meaningful time I’ve spent in years.
For information on how you can support Metro CareRing through donations, volunteer opportunities and more, visit www.metrocarering.org.
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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 06:58pm
Hungry for change.... When you hear that phrase, what do you think of? A hungry, hungry hippo wading through turbulent waters, chomping down on gold coins? Well, that’s exactly what we thought of!Continue
This spring, a team consisting of members of our office and a structural engineer/friend from KL&A participated in Canstruction, an event organized by the Society for Design Administration and benefiting Hunger Free Colorado. We were challenged to design and build a sculpture out of canned and packaged foods that embodied the theme, “Hungry for Change.” With just one day to construct our sculpture, we had to carefully plan ahead and estimate the number of soup cans and other assorted food items it would take to build our hippo and his environment. As it turns out, microwavable plastic soup containers arranged in the shape of a hippo are not as structurally sound as one might think…
Along with five other architecture firms, we spent the day constructing our canned-food sculptures in the atrium of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It was fun to see the hundreds of boxes of donated canned food transformed into whimsical creatures, geometric shapes and murals. The creations remained on display for the public to view for a few days and were then dismantled—all the canned goods directly donated to Hunger Free Colorado to serve their mission of eradicating hunger in our state.
The local news even captured a time-lapse video of the BRS team hard at work on our hippo!
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Posted on October 16, 2012 at 11:25am
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