This year, AEC Cares will revitalize the Covenant House of Georgia. The build, titled projectAtlanta, will unite construction professionals from around the country to renovate the inner-city Atlanta shelter on May 13, 2015, one day prior to the AIA National Convention at the Georgia World Congress Center.

CHGA, a crisis shelter for homeless and trafficked youth, opened its doors in 2000. Since that time, more than 15,000 young people have received support from the non-profit organization under the guiding principle of unconditional love and 24-hour care.

Volunteers for AEC Cares projectAtlanta will tackle projects across the CHGA’s seven-acre campus, revitalizing the facility to make it more welcoming, comfortable and safe. This includes extensive landscape work and renovations to the community center that will help CHGA provide support services such as job training, healthcare services and life skills development.

AEC Cares in Action

AEC Cares is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation actively supported by CMD with the AIA and Hanley Wood, generous sponsors, donors and volunteers. Bringing together architects, contractors, manufacturers and industry professionals from across the United States and Canada, AEC Cares works to create positive change through meaningful projects that benefit a new community every year. In 2011, these groups collaborated to rebuild five homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Subsequent projects included revitalizing houses for homeless teens in Washington D.C. and renovating facilities for homeless, disabled veterans and adults in Denver. The most recent project involved transforming a 30-year-old former school building into a cheerful up-to-date daycare and early learning center for impoverished children in Chicago’s Southwest Side. To learn more about AEC Cares, visit

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