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Integrated Architecture (IA) has lots of impressive looking awards for architectural design. However, none of them mean as much to the heart of our office as the United Way GIVE award which was presented to the firm on Monday, May 4.

This award, one of three awards presented annually, honors a company with a compelling story of generosity in the community. This was exemplified in 2014 by IA’s employee-led outreach efforts. Our volunteer work included activities such as a Habitat for Humanity Build Day, “We Care” a Christmas craft/gift event for the Boys and Girls Club, preparing dinner and stocking the food pantry at the Ronald McDonald House. 2014 also included a special project, the first annual Happy Hatter Campaign, a hat-drive for kids with cancer who are being treated at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (HDVCH). Happy Hatter was inspired by the personal experience of IA Senior Project Manager Darrel DeHaan whose son, Cooper, received care at HDVCH. The campaign was supported across our office as IA staff designed the logo and flyer, contacted donors, collected hats and made personal donations. Hat collection boxes, set up in the IA office and at eight locations around town, helped collect over 1,000 hats which were counted, sorted and delivered to pediatric cancer patients receiving treatment at HDVCH.

 

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