Architecture creates spaces for living; a sense of community makes the world a better place. At KGA, as we practice the art of architecture, we believe in giving back to the community. Our team contributes to a variety of non-profit organizations through participation, membership, sponsorship, and donation of time and services. Some of the causes we support:
John Zay Guest House Expansion
Since opening its doors in 2008, the John Zay Guest House has been more than a place for patients and their families to sleep or wait for their next oncologist appointment. Named after John Zay, a former Chaplain and cancer survivor, who comforted and inspired myriads of people, especially those faced with catastrophic illness, the John Zay Guest House is a home away from home for outpatients and their families while receiving treatment at Penrose Hospital or Penrose Cancer Center. Many of the guests have very limited financial resources, so the home offers them the opportunity to remain together during treatment while eliminating additional financial burden.
Not only is the Guest House almost always full, it now has a continual waiting list of at least 7-10 parties. At times there have been as many as 20 parties waiting for a room – more than enough to fill an entire second house. And, as the hospital’s reputation for excellence in oncology and cardiovascular services grows, we anticipate this need to only increase.
The John Zay Guest House expansion is a true testament to community spirit and what is possible when people come together. When it became clear that the guest house had to continually turn away as many (if not more) guests than it could accept each night, the Penrose-St. Francis Foundation pledged to raise $1.5 million dollars in donations for the expansion. The local home building industry rallied together, with the involvement of HBA Cares, to complete the project, with many of the original project team members contributing, joined by numerous new partners from throughout the region. Together, home building industry partners contributed over $1 million dollars of in-kind donations of time, labor and materials.
Since the hospital and guest house are in an existing historic district, the need to be a good neighbor was important. KGA Studio Architects and HBA Cares worked closely with the Old North End Neighborhood Association for a year to come up with a design that met the needs of the JZGH, and the concerns of the community.
The new John Zay Guest House opened in October 2017, almost exactly 9 years since the opening of the original house. The expansion has added 11 mini-suites, making between 3,600 and 4,000 additional nights of lodging per year available for patients and their families. KGA is proud to be the architect for the expansion, and contribute our services on a pro-bono basis through the completion of the project. This project was recognized with a Gold Award at the 2018 Nationals for Building Industry Community Spirit.
Glory Community was created to present a private, nonprofit option to families looking for a faith-based and family-oriented community for their son or daughter with intellectual disabilities. Upon completion; Glory Community will be five homes on a cul-de-sac with eight residents of the same gender in each.
The need for living options for adults with developmental disabilities is great and growing. In the United States, over one million individuals live with parents or caregivers over the age of 60. Colorado has twelve thousand individuals living with aging parents and currently ranks 47th in the nation on monies spent for services for people with developmental disabilities. Given the staggering waitlist for immediate residential services, Glory Community is dedicated to providing a viable solution for 40 adults.
KGA Studio Architects, PC is committed to seeing the completion and full occupancy of Glory Community which is why we have committed our architecture services on a pro-bono basis for the first home through to the last. We additionally give the time of our staff to help promote their mission and raise the funds necessary for construction this truly great and necessary community!
Home Builders Foundation
The Home Builders Foundation is a Denver-based nonprofit that provides accessible home modifications for individuals with a physical disability and financial need. They install ramps, widen doors, install handrails, modify bathrooms, and more. Their work changes lives, allowing people to remain in their homes and regain their independence. All this is done at no cost to the recipient, made possible through volunteers and donations.
In 2014, for every $1 granted to a project, the Home Builders Foundation was able to provide approximately $10 in retail value to the people it served. This is possible because so much of the construction materials and labor for each project was donated and/or discounted by members of the home building industry and volunteers.