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    Congratulations!

    Tanner Preservation Alliance the 2016 Annette Anderson Award Winner!

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    Design

    Developed a schematic design for Tellico Village Library. CDC Volunteer Architect Gregor Smee was awarded the project, construction completed during 2012. Thanks to Smee+Busby Architecture for photograph.

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    Transformation

    Renovations and enhancements to existing Philadelphia Tennessee public park. Community goal is to entice community use of this underutilized public park.

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    Adaptive

    Oakwood Elementary School is being renovated into an Assisted Living Facility. We documented the existing building conditions, obtained pricing for stabilization, and facilitated a public input meeting.

    Thanks to all who attended the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting!

    Thanks to the generous food and drink donations from The Artistic Bean Knoxville, Balter Beerworks, Magpies Bakery, and Makers Donuts.  Special thanks to our client and host Broadway Carpets, Inc..

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    In the photo above, Gary Tener of Broadway Carpets opens our membership meeting. Broadway Carpets is a client of ETCDC through the City of Knoxville Community Development Facade Enhancement Program. Here he shows the work of Elizabeth Eason Architecture.  The firm developing the architectural drawings for their future building renovations.

    Remembering Bob Parrott, FAIA

    We are sad to report the loss of Bob Parrott, FAIA. Mr. Parrott greatly contributed to our design community and supported quality design throughout our region. Please keep the Parrott family in your thoughts and prayers.

    http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Robert-Parrott&lc=9628&pid=182640075&uuid=1426a335-e8f6-4c93-82b7-eaca5a1f6980

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    #GivingTuesday

    Giving Tuesday is about celebrating the good around us by giving to non-profit organizations. Our work helps organizations who serve children and folks in need, improve quality of life, protect the environment and improve our economy. Our success in promoting quality community design depends on donors like you; and the architecture, landscape architecture, planning and development professionals who invest their time and talent to make East Tennessee a better place to live by Design. In the last year we have:

    • Celebrated our 1000th Project, since our founding 1970
    • Provided services on more than twenty new projects, including parks, facade renovations, facility analyses, community plans, school campus master plans, corridor studies, and streetscape beautifications
    • Served over 100,000 children in facilities we have designed
    • Leveraged over one-thousand hours of volunteer time, valued at more than $150,000; and
    • Helped produce an economic impact of over $8 million in projects actually constructedThe beauty of the ETCDC model is that our modest budget (approximately $350k) leveraged more than $23 in benefits for every one dollar we spent to operate last year. Now, there’s a return on investment anyone can appreciate!

    But none of this can happen without your support. We thank you and humbly request your contributions. Donate by clicking on the blue donate button to the right of this page.

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    Gift-A-Tag

    Looking for a special gift this year? Check out the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Gift-A-Tag Program. In Tennessee, drivers can purchase certain* Specialty License Plates in place of the normally issued state license plate. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these plates supports the organization featured so it’s a great opportunity to support the cause you care about most. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Remembering John Grogan

    We are sad to report the loss of John Grogan, brother of our dear Annette Anderson, long time ETCDC executive director. Please see link below to obituary and keep Annette in your thoughts and prayers.
    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seacoastonline/obituary.aspx?n=john-f-grogan&pid=182410083

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    2016 Awards Gala

    We hope everyone had a great time at our annual awards gala this year!

    We’ve posted an entire album of photos [click here]

    See the program pamphlet with descriptions of each of our award winners [click here]

    Faris Eid: 2016 Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award

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    This year we honored Faris Eid with the Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award for demonstrating a commitment to building a better future for this region. See more about Faris in the latest Shopper News [click here] and Knox News [click here]

    Tanner Preservation Alliance: 2016 Annette Anderson Award

    This year we honored Tanner Preservation Alliance with the Annette Anderson award. Granted annually to an ETCDC client who has demonstrated a commitment to making East Tennessee a better place . See more about Tanner Preservation Alliance [click here] and [click here] to see Tanner School listed on the “Endangered 8” by East Tennessee Preservation Alliance.

    Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors

    Presenting Sponsor: Regal Entertainment Group

    TIS Insurance Services

    Denark Construction

    LHP Capital, LLC

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    Fryer Talks

    fryersqThe second Fryer Talk was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who attended and special thanks to Dead End BBQ for hosting us. Thanks to our guest speaker Gerald Green, Executive Director of Knoxville – Knox Co Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC). Results from this meeting will be shared with MPC as public input on the future zoning ordinance of Knoxville. If you were unable to make it– don’t worry– there will be more in the future. These talks will be periodic events, hosted by ETCDC‬, designed to engage the community in exploring relevant design issues in our region, and to remember a key founder, Gideon Fryer.

    [Click here to view pictures of past Fryer Talks events]

    [Click here for Shopper News Article about Fryer Talks and Knoxville Zoning]

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    Urban Home & Garden Tour Weekend

    Folks were in a party mood, but they did pause to hear a few remarks.

    A special  thank you to all who attended and volunteered at our Urban Home & Garden Tour Weekend. We will be adding additional photos and links of the event soon.

    [For an inside look into Thursday’s Premier Party check out Moxley Carmichael’s Blue Streak article here.]

    [For more check out Inside of Knoxville’s review of the event here.]

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    The Change Center Launch

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    On Wednesday, April 20th city officials, interested citizens, and organizers gathered to announce and celebrate the plans for The Change Center on 221 Harriet Tubman Street, Knoxville TN. The conceptual plans were developed by East Tennessee Community Design Center with partnership from architect volunteers Damon Falconnier and Graham Fox to embody the Change Center’s mission of creating a healthy, vital community space where youth are safe and hope is real.

    The Change Center will feature a skating rink, performing stage, climbing wall, DJ booth, concessions stand, and other recreational attractions to welcome youth into a safe space. It will also provide job connection and business creation services to promote employment and entrepreneurship.

    The Change Center was birthed out of the Save Our Sons initiative, which focuses on reducing violence-related deaths and increasing opportunities for success for boys and young men of color.

    Already, The Change Center has already raised 1 million dollars towards construction costs and 250 thousand dollars towards operations costs. However, The Change Center still needs to raise 1.4 million before construction can begin. If you are interested in donating to The Change Center, please visit www.gofundme.com/changecenter or www.changecenterknoxville.com and become a part of the change.

    To view design plans and more images of the event, please visit The Change Center Album on our facebook page. For more information about the Change Center’s mission, visit their webpage or watch their video below.

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    Updated Volunteer Selection Process

    The East Tennessee Community Design Center is able to provide low/no-cost design services to non-profit and community-based organizations because of generous pro bono assistance from area design and development professionals. Without their help, we could not accomplish our mission. Professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, interior design, planning, real estate development and construction, who express their willingness to volunteer, will be notified of available projects based upon their self-defined areas of expertise.

    We have updated our volunteer selection document and streamlined the process so that people can easily get in touch with us. All the information is now hosted on our website to be accessed by anyone interested. Please visit our Volunteer page for links to the documents.

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    ETCDC Highlighted in PBS Video

    The East Tennessee Community Design Center has been an advocate for great community design for decades. We’re celebrating #communitydesignday by sharing a special PBS video now viewable online. “Good Design: A Half-Century of the Community Design Center” highlights our unique history as an organization founded in the middle of the civil rights and urban renewal movements. You’ll hear from founding members Bruce McCarty, Gideon Fryer, and John Walker as well as testimonies from local community members and designers. A special thanks to East Tennessee PBS for this production and to our faithful supporters over the years. 

    [Click Here to View PBS Video]

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    The  East Tennessee Community Design Center organizes people, researches ideas, and identifies resources to facilitate positive change in the region.

    Ijams Nature Center – Long Term Visioning session

    ETCDC provides architectural, planning, and engineering services to encourage community development efforts. We award grants of service to nonprofit groups and community organizations in East Tennessee for projects that will serve the public at large. Professionals, including pro bono volunteers, offer technical services so that nonprofits and community groups can benefit from their expertise at little or no cost. This helps fill a much-needed gap for those who are seeking grants or funding for a project by providing the conceptual design services that will create the vision, the plan, and the inspiration needed to fuel the process.

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    Often, we are called upon to help restore, renovate or recommend reuse of an existing structure, park, or neighborhood area, and we also use design to solve social problems, such as how design can reduce crime or neighborhood traffic. We bring together professionals who contribute design and engineering services to solve practical and aesthetic problems and who partner with groups who want to make a community a better place to live and work.