Several times each year, Aho Architects staff "close" the office and spend the day helping to build a Habitat for Humanity home for a deserving family. This year, we worked in Pratt City, an area of Birmingham devastated by the 4/27/11 tornado, on a new home for the Gates family. This project was part of the 2013 "Building on Faith" initiative which seeks, with local churches, to build a large number of homes in time for Easter.
This is part of our firm's stewardship efforts.
For us, this is an opportunity to give back; to get involved in construction work and experience what happens on the other side of the drawings we produce; it makes us better architects for sure, and building a home also builds our team.
For this "build day" we joined with members of Riverchase United Methodist Church, one of our clients who was also a major financial supporter of this home.