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:
KGA is proud to be the architect for Trailhead Community, a new kind of integrated and intentional apartment community. Trailhead Community is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities lead independent and productive lives. We’re currently working with them to design an 84-unit multifamily project that will provide adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live independently in a home of their own, while forming part of a larger community.
Rocky Mountain Village Easterseals Camp
About the Rocky Mountain Village Easterseals Camp
In 1951, Easterseals Colorado was gifted 220 acres of land nestled near Georgetown and Empire by the University of Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain Village was born. The donation came with the understanding that Easterseals would, at minimum, provide 30 campers with disabilities the opportunity to experience the outdoors over the course of the summer. Since then, the camp has grown by leaps and bounds, and is considered one of the premier camps of its kind not just in Colorado, but nationwide. In 2018, Rocky Mountain Village served 800 people with disabilities over 10 weeks in the summer. Throughout the year they also served an additional 400 people through various weekend respite and training programs.
The camp is fully accessible, allowing children and adults with disabilities to enjoy the camp activities they wouldn’t normally get to be a part of. Campers enjoy swimming, fishing, overnight camping, outdoor cooking, day trips, arts & crafts, sports and recreation, hiking, dances, music & drama, horse-back riding, and riding the zip-line.
The Need for New Staff Housing
The need to remodel or replace camp buildings is greater than the resources of the camp. While the camp has been focusing on replacing camper lodging and community buildings as resources allow, the staff residences remain outdated and run down. Since a handful of full-time staff live at camp year-round, this makes it difficult for them to recruit and retain new staff members. KGA is proud to donate our design services to design a 2,200 SF staff residence. The home will be completely accessibly and have the flexibility to house a family or 2 individuals.
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.
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.
For every $1 granted to a project, the Home Builders Foundation is able to provide approximately $7.50 in retail value to the people it serves. 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. KGA is proud to support the HBF!