Our favorite jobs are the ones that are the most rewarding—the ones that challenge us to think critically, to adapt, and to build with the end-user in mind. Often, that means considering employees in an office, patients in a hospital, or guests in a hotel. Two projects we’ve collaborated on have required us to consider our end-users a little more carefully though, as these special clients were children facing life-threatening illnesses.
In the last few years, we’ve worked with Make-A-Wish® Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic to fulfill the wishes of two extraordinary kids: Eli and Lily. Both children faced their own unique health challenges that prevented them from running, jumping, and playing like other kids. They each wished for a playspace designed for their needs, one that was accessible, imaginative, and tailored to their abilities.
Under the leadership of Peter Thaler, senior vice president of our Richmond office, we granted those wishes. In 2015, we built Eli’s Treehouse alongside our long-time partners at LSM. The following year we delivered Lily’s Playground with help from our friends at HYL Architecture. While the construction wasn’t too different than what our teams typically tackle, these projects let us connect to the work in a different way—not only with our hands, but with our hearts. We’re grateful for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic for allowing us to be a part of the magic.