NEDC teams up with Donovan and XL Painting to complete repairs on local HERE House
The HERE House is part of local Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services, and required some repair and painting work to fix up their porch. It is a small apartment dedicated to low income senior housing, many of whom were previously homeless. NEDC’s Jennings Blanc teamed up with XL Painting and Donovan Painting to provide repairs and painting to this space. Great teamwork! Thanks guys!
NEDC likes to give back to it’s community- if you know of any projects in the Mission Hill neighborhood like the one described that we might be able to help out with, Contact Us! For 2015, we pledged to take on 10 community service projects to celebrate our 10th anniversary, which we fulfilled. Going forward, we want to set aside time and money to continue to give back as we grow.
Lead Designer Brad Cashin leads field trip from YBB's The Designery about Tiny Houses
NEDC hosted students from Youth Build Boston on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 for a field trip to explore the Tiny House movement. On of their fall session projects is to design a tiny home, and Brad Cashin offered expert advice and guidance to a few inspired high school students wishing to further their design education.
A few highlights about Tiny Homes:
– The average size of a new single family home is right around 2,700 square feet.
– Small houses are typically between 400-1,000 square feet, and the movement of the Tiny House is usually less than 400 square feet.
– There are now a few companies who specialize in Tiny Houses as well as quite a few TV shows highlighting the moevemnt.
– Tiny Homes are also gaining traction as temporary housing for refugees and shelters (think Hurricane Katrina), as well as the homeless.
– Tiny Houses usually cost about the same as a good mid-range sedan, making them incredibly affordable.
– There is a lot of design put in to making them functional
NEDC pitches in to clean up the Charles River with Tufts Alumni
July 18, 2015 – NEDC joins Jumbo Alumni Service Month with Tufts University to participate in the Charles River Clean-up Day with ACT Boston and the Charles Conservatory. CEO David Supple is a Tufts Alumni, and came across this excellent opportunity to act upon our motto “Lifting Spirits with Spaces” by cleaning up the local river area and improving the outdoor spaces around the river. Projects include planting flowers, painting benches, trimming back brush, and removing litter.
NEDC participates in guest critique with YouthBuild Boston
July 15, 2015 – Draftsman Jennings Blanc is featured as a guest critic during the critique of YouthBuild Boston students’ sketch problem reviews.
YouthBuild Boston (YBB) was founded in 1990 with the goal of providing underserved young people with the support and credentials needed to successfully enter the trades.While YBB promotes the core values of youth development and community service, it stands out as an innovative non-profit offering a hands-on approach to building trades training. Students are put on a career path through highly successful programs, from construction training to sustainable landscape design. Not only do these programs provide opportunities in vocational education, but also academic instruction, counseling and other life skills that readily strengthen and prepare students for the workforce upon graduation.
NEDC Donates to Rise Up Ride On 2015
July 15th, 2015 – NEDC donated to Ryan Westberg’s campaign to raise money for Rise Up Ride On, which will go towards rebuilding housing in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. This cause spoke to us because it is the very definition of being able to lift someone’s spirit through an improvement of their space, supporting our motto: “Lifting Spirits With Spaces”.
Did you know? In the Philippines, a small donation can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
$20 = 1 m3 of course sand All of Sahara (waterproofing agent for cement) needed for a sceptic tank on one house
$30 = Steep framing hammer
$50 = Gutters for the roof, 35kg roll of tie wire, all the bolts needed for one house
$100 = Gravel needed for half of the house, all the PVC pipes needed for one house, almost all of the amakan needed for one house
NEDC Carpenters Assemble Shelving for Boston Building Resources
April 28, 2015 – Two Lead Carpenters from NEDC volunteered time over at Boston Building Resources near our office location, in order to help them assemble some lighting display shelving.
Boston Building Resources is a consumer co-op and charitable nonprofit foundation focused on inspiring, educating, and empowering homeowners to increase the efficiency and value of their homes. As a local social enterprise, they focus on affordable solutions that help all of their neighbors create stronger communities while benefiting the environment.
NEDC participates in Yoga Reaches Out New England
April 26, 2015 – NEDC donates and participates in Yoga Reaches Out New England Yogathon at Gillette Stadium’s Field House, Foxboro, MA. Interior Designer Bridget Harris and wife of CEO David Supple, Loralee Supple joined over one thousand yogis to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital and Ben Speaks Louder Than Words.
Yoga Reaches Out (YRO) is a public charity that makes a difference in the lives of children by raising funds for children’s organizations through yoga events.
NEDC hosts YouthBuild Boston students for Field Trip
April 10, 2015 – Participants in the YouthBuild Boston program visited the offices of NEDC for a field trip to see what our company does, how it functions, and what real life jobs in the design and construction industry are like.
Students got to walk through the life-cycle of a typical design-build project with our company, and speak with the respective team members responsible for the execution of each project. They also learned the design process that NEDC uses with potential clients, and got to throw out some design ideas of their own. We look forward to partnering with YBB again in the future.
The mission of YouthBuild Boston is to empower and assist underserved young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility.
NEDC Continues Partnership with Room to Dream Foundation
NEDC recently partnered with Shawmut Construction and EMNARI to completely remodel a room for a child who suffers from a chronic medical condition through the Room to Dream Foundation. We designed and built a peaceful and tranquil healing environment for a young boy out of what had been a living room. This will enable him to have a space on the first floor of the family home, which will facilitate his healing and growth.
This project was truly amazing for everyone involved. To bring such happiness to a child’s face is priceless, and to be so closely involved in facilitating such a project was truly food for the soul. Many thanks to all who were involved, including: Allstate Glass, California Closets, Cosmos Painting, DDA Home Remodeling, Devoted Cleaning Services, AudioConcepts, Boston Plastering, CP Contracting, Custom Contracting, Mark-One, Optimus Painting, Puccio Electric, R&D Glass, Sterritt Lumber, Ugol Woodworks, VanMillwork, Verardi Flooring, XL Painting, and Yale Appliance and Lighting.
To see more pictures of the project, click here.
NEDC Completes Extreme Room Makeover
The staff of NEDC worked with the Room to Dream Foundation, taking an existing cramped and cluttered bedroom and transforming it into a clean, organized, and smart space. NEDC collaborated with local architect and interior designer Michael Collins of DMichael Architects, and Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group to design a supportive, healing spatial solution for a child suffering from a chronic illness. A set of bunk beds was created, with stairs to the top bunk that created drawers out of the stair treads, and the bottom bunk had built in drawers and a cubby space for keeping toys and precious stuffed animals tucked away. A workspace was also created with a desk and chair next to the bed.”
NEDC Helps In Haiti
It goes without saying the Haiti Earthquake will be remembered as one of this planet’s most devastating natural disasters. With over 230,000 losing their lives, complete devastation does not even begin to describe the scene. Yet, amongst the chaos, Michael Gross- Chief Production Officer at NEDC- brought food, provisions and warmth to the hearts of countless victims. Below you will read but a small part his heart-wrenching and life-saving story of how he helped in Haiti.
Flying into Port-au-prince was like something out of a surrealistic movie. When I got off of the plane, I learned my first task would be to work at the Miami University Hospital located on the airport grounds. I was told victims were dying regularly. This, I was told, was not due to their wounds, but simply from malnutrition. I quickly got to work giving them food and water and providing basic nursing. I am proud to say under my team NOT ONE patient died in the entire week and a half we were in the intensive care unit.
My team continued to save the lives of hundreds. To truly convey the miracles we saw would be impossible. But I will say that seeing a man walk over to you with a smile after being just moments from death a few days before, gave me the most incredible feeling I think I will ever experience.
In summary, the experiences I encountered were the most amazing experiences I have and probably ever will face this lifetime. I love the culture, I love the people, I love the country and I can proudly say, ‘I helped in Haiti.’
– Michael Gross Chief Production Officer
Special thanks is given to the International Association of Scientologists for providing chartered flights to Haiti for doctors and ministers and delivering supplies for the Haitian Victims.
Bristol Lodge Gets a New Roof
Despite the rainy weather and lofty heights, NEDC, along with others, were able to complete a roofing project for Bristol Lodge, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and food for displaced women. The roof had been in need of repair for some time due to numerous leaks. The project was organized by NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) with all labor and materials being donated. Josh Palmer, Cory Desjardin and David Supple represented NEDC well and were joined by several other NARI members who helped in the rewarding project.
NEDC Offers Relief to Hurricane Katrina Victims
After Hurricane Katrina hit the US, utter devastation did not even begin to describe the scene. Uprooted trees, flooding as far as the eye could see and thousands left stranded painted a gloomy picture in the Bayou. Seeing this disaster, owner, David Supple, felt the need to bring aid to these victims. He arrived with his skills of project management and helped organize and distribute provisions. In reflecting on his experience David says, “Sometimes things happen which are beyond our control. And often times there are not enough resources to remedy the situation. When I saw pictures on the news of Katrina, I knew I had to help. It was a life-changing, and very eye-opening experience.”