Giving by Design

Giving by Design Program

We believe that our vision to Deliver the Promise and Value of Great Architecture represents only one way our professional expertise and personal talents can positively contribute to our community. We also believe in a more personal engagement from our teammates to help make a difference in the communities we serve.

With enthusiastic teammate support, as individuals and as a firm we make an annual commitment to allocate time, resources, and a percentage of our business profits to drive our teammate planned and executed Giving by Design Program consisting of: Outreach, Volunteerism, Participation, Opportunity, Pro-Bono design services, and Charitable Donations.

If your organization is in need of pro bono design services, volunteering effort, or a charitable donation we would love to hear from you. Please submit information about your organization and need to the MOA Giving by Design Committee for consideration at givingbydesign@moaarch.com

 

Colorado Gives Day 2016

MOA’s Giving-by-Design Program is helping the non-profit Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado (AATPC) by donating time to develop a site master plan and building concept design for their new home. They have outgrown their Barking CAAT Ranch and they are being asked by the City of Lakewood to move to a larger facility.

AATPC is one of the first counseling centers in the nation that specifically integrates teams of professional therapists and their therapy animals to facilitate the counseling process. This organization provides the benefits of animal-assisted therapy to the Denver metro community and is specifically geared to serve economically, physically, and/or mentally disadvantaged individuals and families.

Please donate today to help AATPC fund their programs and their future forever home and let them continue to help the community thrive!
http://animalassistedtherapyprograms.org/…/colorado-gives-d…

2016 Leadville 100

MOA’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, Tim Barr, helped raise money for the Lake County Legacy Foundation by participating in the Leadville 100 Trail Run. This race covers one hundred miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain; with elevations ranging from 9,200 to 12,600 feet and a vertical gain of 16,000 feet! No small feat to say the least!

Sand in the City 2015

It was fun in the sun for MOA team members who took part in the 3rd Annual Sand in the City Festival hosted by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. The two-day festival is Colorado’s premier beach party, and it raises funds and awareness for the Arvada Chamber of Commerce and the city’s many business, nonprofit, and community offerings!

MOA Gives Week- December 2014

We are very happy to share that with MOA teammates’ individual donations, combined with matching contributions from MOA – The MOA family has made over $7,000 in cash and gift donations in December to charities and non-profits during our “MOA Gives Week.” For the year, in addition to many hours of volunteer time and community projects, our Giving by Design program and individuals have contributed over $75,000 in cash donations to over 35 Colorado and Wyoming charities and non-profit organizations that serve our communities.

MuckFest MS 2014

We got down and dirty for a great cause!!
MOA team members ran, sloshed, swung, slipped, climbed, and laughed their way through a course of muddy obstacles during the 2014 MuckFest MS Denver.

Brews and Bites 2014

MOA team members and their guests had a wonderful time Saturday night at the Brews and Bites event benefiting the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund. Along with live music and tours of the mansion there were over twenty different beer and food pairings. Cheers to a great event for a great cause!!

Governor’s Mansion Restoration Part 2

MOA team members were up bright and early, scraping, sanding and repainting the front entrance of the Governor’s Mansion. A big thanks to Safway, who provided the scaffolding and Saunders Construction who donated towards the paint and supplies for this part of the restoration. MOA is appreciative to all in helping preserve this amazing piece of Colorado history!

This is just another part of preserving this wonderful piece of Colorado history. The Governor’s Residence receives no state or city funding for operations or restoration. If you are interested in donating time, services or money please click here to learn more on how you can help!

2014 CAL Program

This year, five individuals from MOA volunteered at Palmer Elementary School to work with a very enthusiastic class of fourth and fifth graders. For seven weeks they spent time working with the students exploring all the facets of a zoo. Students learned about different zoos around the United States, and even took a field trip to the Denver Zoo to gather information and gain ideas to use in their new zoo design. When all the fun and hard work was done the students ended up with a pretty amazing zoo!

Uganda Trip 2014

MOA ARCHITECTURE is an architecture firm that believes in quality educational experiences and a quality of life for all, which is why we sponsored two employees to travel to Uganda to help build a new school for Immanuel Children’s Center, an orphanage. We can’t thank everyone enough for the help we received in giving to these children.  From organizing the benefit, donating items, and giving donations, we couldn’t be more proud to know such inspiring people!  $7,000 and 84 soccer balls later, made for some very happy children!

Donors Choose

 

We were thrilled to receive a large envelope filled with letters from Mr. Cushing’s 8th grade students. We are so glad to be able to help these students better connect with current events and world affairs.

Check out the projects we’ve sponsored through Donors Choose and find out how you too can help a classroom in need!

Soccer Balls for the Children of Uganda

Thanks to the donations raised at the MOA sponsored auction there will be lots of smiling children in Uganda. These are just some of the soccer balls that our two team members will be bringing with them in less than a week to Wandawa, Uganda. We want to thank everyone who helped us make these smiles possible.

Special Event at MOA to Benefit the Children of Uganda

MOA is sponsoring two team members, Jen Leatherbury and Jen Song Koeppe, to travel to Uganda, Africa in March to help build a new school building. They will be laying bricks and mixing mortar alongside local tradesmen. On February 27th we held an auction to raise funds for building materials. The totals are in and it was a huge success! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our team members the event raised over $7,000, and of that $1,600 will go towards soccer balls for the children of Wandawa, Uganda. We want to thank everyone for your support helping make this event such a great success!

   

MOA Gives Week - December 2013

We are very happy to share that MOA teammates’ individual donations, combined with matching contributions from MOA – The MOA family has made over $10,000 in cash and gift donations in December to local charities and non-profits during our “MOA Gives Week.” In addition, this month, the “Giving by Design” program has made additional cash donations of over $24,000. For the year, our Giving by Design program and individuals have contributed over $70,000 in donations to Colorado and Wyoming charities and non-profit organizations that serve our communities.

The Governor’s Residence Needs Our/Your Help!

It goes by many names: the Governor’s Mansion, the Executive Residence and the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. Whatever one chooses to call the stately Colonial Revival built in 1908 isn’t important. What matters is that it would be a crime to let it fall into further disrepair.

Today this historic landmark is in extreme need of extensive interior and exterior repair.  MOA ARCHITECTURE team members, Robert Outland, Jere Eggleston, Barry and Kerry Koury, and Ray Drzymala, along with Scott Bonner from Saunders Construction volunteered to help in just a small but important portion of the restoration needs.  Over one long Saturday in October, the window sills of the first floor south and west elevations were scraped, filled, sanded, and repainted. The paint and supplies were graciously donated by Sherwin Williams and the Home Depot, and lead paint disposal was provided by Aspen Environmental

This is just a small part of preserving this wonderful piece of Colorado history. The Governor’s Residence receives no state or city funding for operations or restoration. If you are interested in donating time, services or money please click here to learn more on how you can help!

USGBC and MOA Day of Service

Every year the United States Green Building Council organizes a “green” day of service for its members to participate in, contributing to USGBC’s overall goal; giving people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play.

The green day of service, in particular, is to undertake projects that contribute in making schools healthier, more sustainable places to learn.  This year there were nearly 2,100 projects organized in all 50 states and more than 30 countries.  With MOA’s commitment to sustainable design and community service it was a natural fit to sponsor a project.  MOA volunteered our day at Palmer Elementary.

Collaboratively our team, including the principal and the PTA president of Palmer Elementary decided the school could really benefit from a greenhouse. The greenhouse would complement the school’s already established gardening program. We worked with Denver Public Schools to make sure we built the greenhouse in an appropriate location, and on September 28th we enjoyed a beautiful day outside constructing the greenhouse. Six hours later the greenhouse was complete. The principal, PTA, and the head of the garden all expressed how happy they were to have us help out the school and how much the students will be able to use the greenhouse.

Getting Mucked Up for a Great Cause!

Very Proud! Team MOA raised a total of $3,825 in donations towards fighting MS!

We had 21 team members participate this year in the challenging 5 mile obstacle run – the Muck Fest. And we had some tough “Muckers” out there, Michael McDonald finished 16th overall at an hour and 4 minutes, while 3 others finished in the top 50! As an office we were the 6th largest team, and had the 6th highest donations. Way to go Team MOA!!!

Thank you everyone who donated and participated, it was a fun day! We’ll see if we can continue to improve on our success next year.

Youth Employment Academy | Summer Internship

This summer MOA hosted a high school intern for 8 weeks through a program sponsored through the Youth Employment Academy. Each year the YEA place high school students in professional settings over their summer break to give them an opportunity to be introduced to a career they may not have been exposed to yet. Each student must meet academic requirements and go through a series of training classes from the Youth Employment Academy before interviewing with their prospective employer for the summer internship.

This year MOA had the chance to work with Suleiman Bashir. Suleiman’s family immigrated from Somalia in 2004 and he had just finished his junior year at South High School. During Suleiman’s 8 week internship at MOA  he was able to learn about architectural history, theory, and materials. He programmed a new home for his mother and gave a presentation to the office on his last day to show his renderings and physical models he built. He was also able to attend a construction meeting, toured several construction sites, and have meetings with various people in the office to learn about the varied opportunities within the field of architecture.

Governor's Residence Ice Cream Social

Team members had a great time last night at the ice cream social hosted by the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund. There was food, drinks, and ice cream along with a live band, and of course, Governor Hickenlooper. This event was put together to thank supporters of the GRPF for their generous contributions.

Supporting Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement

Principal Jere Eggleston presents a check to CASA House director Oneyda Maestas to purchase bar stools for the recently completed CASA House renovation project at Adams State University. CASA stands for “Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement” and is an important program supporting Hispanic and international students in a home away from home environment. On every visit to CASA House we have been greeted by the welcoming aroma of fresh cooked favorite foods from individual students, being shared with each other. Congratulations to the CASA House students for making the house into a home!

2013 CAL Program

The Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL) Project is Denver Architectural Foundation’s flagship program that introduces architecture into the classroom as a tool to help connect Denver Public School students with the built community. Using an engaging, active-learning approach helps students see first-hand how education applies to their everyday lives and future.

This year, eight individuals from MOA volunteered at Palmer Elementary School to work with Andrew Murphy’s exuberant class of fourth graders. Each week for an hour and half MOA led the class in an exploration of the built environment from the global level all the way down to the individual building level. Students learned about cities around the world, used those concepts they learned to plan their own city and then designed and built model buildings to populate their city.

Donor's Choose

We are loving the awesome package full of handmade ‘Thank You’ cards from Mrs. N’s class. We are so glad we are able to provide these kids with a classroom library and look forward to helping more local classrooms.

Check out the projects we’ve sponsored through Donors Choose and find out how you too can help a classroom in need!

Touring the Governor's Residence

MOA had a wonderful time touring the Governor’s Residence today!

Many thanks to Wrenn Combs and Cindy Starks at the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund for inviting our group, we learned a lot today about Denver’s History and appreciate your hard work in preserving our rich culture.

MOA Gives Week

We are happy to share that with MOA teammates’ individual donations, combined with matching contributions from MOA – The MOA family has made $6,400 in donations to local charities during our “MOA Gives Week.” In addition, this month, the “Giving by Design” program has made donations of over $25,000 to other local Denver and Casper, WY charities and non-profit organizations that serve our community.

Happy Holidays from your friends at MOA ARCHITECTURE