We are really, really lucky. For nearly three decades, we have had the good fortune to work with and for the best people, on the best projects, in the best communities. And we believe it's our responsibility to share the love. So, while we put our heart and soul into everything we do at JLG - when an organization needs our time, money, or our JLGness outside what is expected in our "normal" day-to-day roles, JLGives back.
"We need to actively seek out those who are born with this same DNA and give some context to their natural intuitions so they understand that a love of Legos, pillow forts and re-arranging rooms can signal a vocation - an amazing, fulfilling, and important vocation. We need to make sure that this profession is an accessible and viable career option to the best and brightest talent, wherever they're from - the suburbs, the hearts of our cities, and 19 miles from the middle of nowhere - and that it remains accessible and viable throughout their careers. Our own futures depend on it." - JLG CEO Michelle Mongeon Allen
Under the 1+ program, JLG had pledged to donate 1+ of our billable time to not-for-profit organizations in need of architectural services. JLG Architects has been a member of the 1% program since 2011, and has donated nearly 3,000 hours to projects that wouldn't have been built otherwise.
The 701Work rules at The 701 - Grand Forks' first coworking space - which takes entrepreneurs far beyond their cubicles and kitchen tables to an open "un-office" environment where equipment, ideas, and knowledge are shared to ignite careers and connect the community.
Green & Gold TourJLG hosts an annual Green & Gold Tour, which brings NDSU Architecture students to Grand Forks, ND to tour Black Gold Headquarters (LEED Gold) and UND Gorecki Alumni Center (LEED Platinum) in order to educate them on how to incorporate innovate and low-cost sustainability design elements.
Think Outside the DeskJLG invited college students throughout North Dakota to submit 2-3 minute videos about how they use their various academic spaces. Winners received cash prizes, as well as recognition from their respective college president and representatives.
Maritime MuseumThe Maritime Museum in Alexandria is in the process of retrofitting an old storage building into a reception center to take advantage of placement near a garden they have been fostering. JLG is providing conceptual work to assist in fundraising.
Williston Art in the ParkJLG set up a booth at Williston's Art in the Park to demonstrate to kids how their sketches can become real - art into architecture. We held two design sessions and filled the tent with toddlers to adults as they drew their dream house. After a design was complete, JLG brought the sketch into a simple 3D modeling program, and modeled them as close to the marker sketches as possible.
Alexandria CAPSThe Alexandria High School CAPS - Center for Advance Professional Studies - program partners students with business partners to gain real-life work experience. JLG volunteered to assist two teams: one made up of potential future architects that focused on designing a physical model of the new Kensington Runestone Center, and another group with future marketers who designed and filmed a company promotional video. To learn more, visit: https://livingalexarea.org/business-opportunity-aahs-caps-partnership/
SIOUX FALLS FUNSKI SNOW SCULPTURE COMPETITIONIn support of the Children's Inn, which provides free services for women, children, and men who are victims of violence, abuse, or assault, our JLGers created a snow carving that was out of this world at the annual Funski in Sioux Falls. To learn more, visit http://www.chssd.org/childrensinn
HARRISBURG FREEDOM ELEMENTARY CAREER CAFEFourth and fifth graders at Freedom Elementary in Harrisburg, SD spend select lunch hours their school's Career Cafe, sparking the fire of future STEM job opportunities. JLGers introduced these students to the importance of architecture, and also delivered our JLG coloring book, designed for the next generation of architects.
Lewis & Clark "You Are An Architect" ProgramKindergarteners at Lewis & Clark Elementary learned that all buildings are not the same by designing LEGO houses for some unique clients, such as a spaceman who floats around in his anti-gravity suit and an anteater who likes to entertain.
The best way to make sure you are always hiring the top talent is to help grow the top talent. From high school and university scholarships to conference sponsorships to career fairs and job shadows, JLG has made it our mission to give future architects and community leaders the best opportunities for success.
Think Outside the Desk
JLG invited college students throughout North Dakota to submit 2-3 minute videos about how they use their various academic spaces. Winners received cash prizes, as well as recognition from their respective college president and representatives.
Green & Gold Tour
JLG hosts an annual Green & Gold Tour, which brings NDSU Architecture students to Grand Forks, ND to tour Black Gold Headquarters (LEED Gold) and UND Gorecki Alumni Center (LEED Platinum) in order to educate them on how to incorporate innovate and low-cost sustainability design elements.
JLG hosts and sponsors Lego contests, children's art festivals, and classroom-based Earth Day presentations around the region to activate young minds and get them thinking about architecture.
JLG has a "be honest, be detailed, be available" mentality when it comes to educating high school and college students about the career benefits in architecture, and often sends our staff out to speak to area business symposiums and college classrooms and architecture programs about our industry.