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Not often widely reported on, but providing a boost to community morale, giving back by AEC firms touches many lives. (© Suhendri Utet |

For AEC firms that like to give back, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. can serve as fertile ground for ideas on how to be wildly successful at it. As part of an ongoing internal focus on culture, the company engaged in a two-week interoffice food drive competition. What started as a small competition to demonstrate the importance of setting goals, quickly escalated into a drive for victory as offices and teams challenged each other to beat their goals. In the end, the firm donated over 27,000 pounds of food to food banks near Kimley-Horn offices across the country.

The entire company was divided into two teams, and goals were set at the office, state, and team levels. Themed around the Superbowl, the firm designated referees, captains, and coaches to track progress and get people excited about reaching and exceeding their donation goals. In the end, both teams raised over 900% of their initial goals.

Each office had their own way of cheering each other on – pictures were taken, pep rallies were held, posters were made, mascots were created, and teammates made runs to the grocery store together. Additional friendly competitions were even created amongst teammates.

Goals are an important part of Kimley-Horn’s culture, commented John Atz, President of Kimley-Horn (and coach of Team Tuna). By combining two of our core values—sharing and caring, and high expectations—with a friendly competition, we were able to emphasize our goal-driven culture while having fun and donating an exceptional amount of food to people in need across the nation at a time of year when donations traditionally decline.

About The Company – Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. is a 1,500-person firm with more than 60 offices nationwide. The firm has been listed among the top 100 Best Firms to Work For by Fortune for five of the last six years, and is ranked among the top 20 pure design and transportation firms in the nation by Engineering News-Record. Kimley-Horn provides planning and design consulting services related to transportation, aviation, the environment, land development, transit, urban planning/landscape architecture, and water resources.

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