Social Impact by Design

Social Impact by Design

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Over the course of the last decade, we have had the honor of working with fantastic nonprofit agencies that are making a difference in the lives of our society’s most vulnerable citizens. Through this work we have come to identify there are a few ways that better architecture can improve the lives of those that need it most:

1.     Daylight and Clean Air

Studies consistently show that that access to daylight and clean air affects how well we live. Mental health, cognitive ability, and physical strength can all be linked to better access to the sun and fresh air where we live, learn, and work. Because of this, we try to find ways to maximize daylight and natural ventilation in all of our affordable housing projects.

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2.     Energy Efficiency

Operating costs are one of the biggest burdens on nonprofits, however the operations side of these nonprofits are often not part of the discussion when making decisions about how to allocate the construction budget. We bring all stakeholders of the entire lifecycle of our buildings to the table so that we can make smarter choices that will save our clients more money in the long run.

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3.     Beauty

Too often beauty is sacrificed through “value engineering” to bring projects within budget. Holst excels at navigating our clients’ budgets to keep the soul in our designs without breaking the bank. Beauty means natural and durable materials. Beauty means dignified space. Beauty means treating nonprofit projects with the same rigor, respect, and care that we give every project.

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Good design is good for everyone. Whether people are dealing with homelessness, addiction, mental health, or limited access to services, better quality spaces help people succeed in life. That’s why Holst is committed to working with the best nonprofits to elevate the human condition in our community where it’s needed most. But don’t take it from us, listen to some of our great clients in their own words: 




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