WD Spreads Holiday Cheer to Orange County At-Risk Youth

WD Spreads Holiday Cheer to Orange County At-Risk Youth

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Each year, Westgroup Designs is delighted to continue participating in programs which benefit and support our community’s at-risk youth in Orange County. Through Share Our Selves and WeCare, both social services organizations that focus on outreach to those in need, we delivered holiday cheer to children and their families!

WD participated in the annual We Care event, sponsored by Herman Miller, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Tustin. We Care allows children to let their creativity shine by making holiday gifts for their family, teachers and friends at a variety of craft stations. For many of the children, this is the only way they can provide gifts to their loved ones. This year we created Edible Snowmen; a clever and creative craft that includes a warm pair of gloves the gift recipient can wear all season long!

We are also honored to continue participating in the Share Our Selves Adopt-A-Family program, celebrating its 50th year supporting many struggling families by providing gifts and food for the holidays. This year, more than 1,440 families and 4500 children, recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools, would not normally receive gifts or have enough food for the holidays. Through the generous donations of WD staff and our firm, another family will experience joy, comfort and the relief of knowing that so many care, and together we all help to transform our community.

WD Bocce Ball Team ‘Stranger Throws’ participates in raising over $10,000 for Local Charities. 

Channeling Our Inner Powers at the Annual Bocce Ball Tournament, WD Team ‘Stranger Throws’ participates in raising over $10,000 for Local Charities. 

Westgroup Designs had a totally rad time invoking 80’s summer vibes for the Annual Bocce Ball Charity Tournament at the Back Bay in Newport Beach on the afternoon of Thursday August 8th. Our team, Stranger Throws, was inspired by Netflix’s hit show, Stranger Things. Stranger Things’ third season tagline is “One Summer Can Change Everything”. Although the TV series is referring to a seemingly unbeatable sci-fi monster, we were inspired by the tagline to help make a positive difference for our community! The awesome Bocce Ball event was hosted by People Space and Haworth for the 10th year in a row, bringing together competing teams from architecture/design, construction and real estate companies in Orange County with manufacturer’s sponsorships, to raise over $10,000 for local charities.

One summer can truly change everything!

We Design. We Deliver. We Drive Change.

We Are WD.

We Design. We innovate every day to ensure that your vision drives everything that we do. We leverage our design expertise as a tool to help achieve organizational goals and strengthen business outcomes.

We Deliver. Most of the clients we started with are still with us, and 89% of our projects come from repeat clients. We know that the optimal solution begins with selecting the right team, who have the expertise, experience and vision, and combine this with the tools, technology, values and integrity to bring it all together.

We Drive Change. For 30 years, our success, locally and internationally, has been the result of more than just the quality of our work, it has been the culmination of attitude, strategic approach and the way we treat our clients. As passionate, committed stewards of the built environment, we practice what we preach and have been named one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County by the OCBJ for a second time as we share this dedication to excellence with our clients and project partners.

Westgroup Designs Thinks Pink This October

Westgroup Designs Thinks Pink This October

WD promotes Breast Cancer Awareness and funds research efforts through Team Enrichment Challenge and Industry Design Competition.

Our mission is to support the cause.
Our dream is that one day we won’t have to.

Passionate about both wellness and design, our WD team eagerly looks forward to the time in October when we can Do Good for our community as we creatively promote Breast Cancer Awareness and contribute to research efforts through our staff and firm’s annual events. Participating in our 5th Annual Wine & Design, an event in collaboration with A Common Thread for the Cure, a nonprofit organization that supports breast cancer patients and survivors, we, along with other local architecture & design firms, are invited to design 2 wine labels, a white and a red variety, for a selected winery who will produce the wine and donate profits from these special bottles to the non-profit organization.

This year, the inspirational theme provided was “With Spirit and Grace”. Our design team’s approach was to beautifully interpret the concept in two directions. The first, Bordeaux Blend, reflects a spark that ignites hope; finding the spirit within yourself, to move with grace through any adversity that is brought your way. The second label, for the Grenache Blanc, represents Unity. Every person, regardless of condition, appearance, story or challenges, are united; stronger together, through whatever cards one is dealt.

We are proud to continue partnering with this organization and lending a voice to the great work they are doing. Thanks to our Sponsors, Tangram and Milliken, for their support throughout the entire Wine & Design event!

We are also delighted to support Susan G. Komen For The Cure, through our internal Wellness Challenges. The winning team of our workout challenge gets to send a donation in their name to this organization which has the capacity to support patients through all stages: the awareness, early detection, treatment, and care for those affected by breast cancer.

Enriching the community is part of our focus each day – with our staff, clients and industry partners- through volunteering and competitions like this which make a difference in the way our clients live, work, play and heal.

 

Office Wellness Competition: An Important Pause for a Great Cause Pt.2

Office Wellness Competition: An Important Pause for a Great Cause Pt.2

The challenge structure was shaken up, but the competition remained fierce. Westgroup Designs hosts its second round of the wellness challenge between WD employees to elevate our minds, bodies, and our community!

The battle of the two teams, WD Aqua + WD Fireballs, was just as close as the last round, inspiring enthusiasm each week through exciting mini challenges. This round of the wellness challenge was all about making small changes. Changing just one bad habit and reinforcing great ones can make all the difference in us and our surroundings! Staff was given weekly tasks that vary in difficulty- from drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day, going on a hike, or doing something kind for a stranger. These tasks challenged the participants to explore new ways to improve themselves, and inspired teamwork and comradery in the office!

This time Team Aqua was crowned victorious, receiving a donation for a charity that is important to them: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Having the winning team choose the charity that will receive a donation is incredibly uplifting. People are inspired to work that much harder to meet their wellness challenge goals. It boosts positive energy- Everyone is in it to win it!” Sima Hassani, Principal

Enriching the community is part of what we focus on each day with our staff, clients and industry partners- through volunteering and competitions like this, to focusing on even the smallest details in each project, which make a difference in the way our clients live, work, play and heal.

They say all good things come in three’s, so keep checking in to see what we have coming up next!

 

 

Here’s to Healthy! Bettering Ourselves for a Better Cause.

Here’s to Healthy! Bettering Ourselves for a Better Cause.

As a kick-off to our year-long Health & Wellness Awareness Program, Westgroup Designs hosted a 6-week staff wellness challenge to better our minds, bodies, and most importantly- our community. The winning team received a donation to a Southern California charity of their choice!

The healthy competition pitted the WD Fireballs against the WD Aquaholics, names referenced from our brand color palette, while each team focused on selecting their specific charity. The two teams completed a Fit-Bit Walking Challenge, Daily movement team workout challenge and nutrition challenge events among other activities, for a 6-week period and received points based upon involvement in activities and making healthier choices! It was a close match, with teams ‘neck and neck’ to the finish line! In the end, it was Team WD Fireballs who finished on top and won a donation to the charity of their choice: CHOC, Children’s Hospital of Orange County!

Westgroup staff had fun encouraging each other to meet individual and team goals, all in the name of wellness and wonderful causes to fight for! Bettering the community is part of what we focus on each day with our staff, clients and industry partners- through helping hands, volunteering, and competitions like this, to the details in each project, which make a difference in the way our clients live, work, play and heal. Stay tuned for updates on our next challenge!

Children’s Hospital of Orange County ensures the health and well-being of children and their families living in Orange County. As a non-profit hospital, CHOC relies on community support to provide leading-edge care for infants, children and adolescents. You can visit https://www.choc.org/ to learn more.

 

 

We love it when you call us Big B.O.C.C.E

We love it when you call us Big B.O.C.C.E

Westgroup Designs came out strong with bocce ball and rap skills at the 8th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament! Winning Best A+D Division Team and Most Spirited, we raised $2,750 for one of our favorite charities, Laura’s House.

WD’s Bocce Ball team name, The Notorious B.O.C.C.E., pays tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. who is ranked one of the top 10 greatest rappers of all time by Billboard Magazine. Gold crowns & chains, spirited shirts, Bocce skills, and a custom rap led WD to victory for both the Most spirited team and first place in the A+D Division!

We are so grateful for IOS and Haworth for putting on such a great event that creates an opportunity to raise money for Laura’s House, an important charity in Orange County.

8th Annual IOS + Haworth Charity Bocce Ball Tournament is a social gathering that raises money for the winning Bocce Ball teams’ charity of choice.

Laura’s House is a domestic violence safe refuge, providing over 4,000 abused women and children with shelter, as well as supportive services for 50,000 people such as counseling, life skills education and legal assistance. To learn more, click here.

 

 

“STEM It Up” #allornothing

“STEM It Up!” #allornothing

 

For many of our designers, creating experiences in Next Gen and STEM learning resonates very close to home. We have a passion for thinking outside of the box- whether it’s through the community, at home, or for the holidays; our designers share their favorite approaches to engaging their children in STEM activities after hours and outside of the classroom.

 

STEM IT UP IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Watch out SpaceX, There’s a New Inventor in Town.

Architectural Design Director, Kenneth Ong, AIA and his 6-year-old son, Ryan, engaged in a fun STEM activity at the Astounding Inventions 2017 event. Ryan had great fun building and launching several iterations to improve the design and durability of his rocket.

STEM IT UP AT HOME

Who Needs an iPad When You Can Build Your Own Computer?

Director of Strategy, Renee Rose Andrade and her husband help their 6-year-old daughter, Aria, build her own Kano computer. Aria has an enduring interest in computer technology (aka iPads and iPhones), and now she has a blast learning to code games, art, music and even apps on her Kano computer.

STEM IT UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Put the Elf Back on the Shelf. Leprechaun Traps Spark Creativity That’s as Good as Gold.

Senior Interior Designer, Vickie Nicola, CID and her 5-year-old-son, Gavin, create traps to capture mischievous Leprechauns in the weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Gavin builds the Leprechaun traps out of blocks, legos, and toys and then puts a coin in the center. The goal being to lure in the Leprechaun and have the structure collapse and trap him. It makes for exciting mornings when the family dog or cat knocks the trap down the night before, because Gavin is convinced his traps are working!

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Mission Complete: “A Cosmic Affair” Raises Over $50,000 for CASH’s Proposition 51 Campaign.

Mission Complete: “A Cosmic Affair” Raises Over $50,000 for CASH’s Proposition 51 Campaign

 

“A Cosmic Affair” launched curiosity and reached new heights as the event brought in the third-largest sum raised from fundraising events for CASH’s Proposition 51 campaign. Westgroup Designs, Koury Engineering and Bernards hosted the extraterrestrial event of the light-year attracting over 150 attendees and raising over $50,000.

Westgroup Designs’ office took a galactic twist to raise money for the 2016 State School Bond Campaign. The $9 billion state school bond will fund new construction and modernizations for K-14 schools and provide matching funds for local bonds. 21st century learning environments require 21st century facilities, and the event had an outer space theme to inspire and launch curiosity for the future of learning.

Featuring high-tech, hands-on learning and STEAM ideas, “A Cosmic Affair” was the perfect event to raise funds for 21st century facilities. Virtual reality was on display, from VR headsets to holographic walls, as well as collaborative furniture and AR devices for classrooms. With Live and Silent Auctions that had prizes such as tours of SpaceX, raffles for drones, and games that could win you tickets to Tomorrowland at Disney, there were plenty of outerspace opportunities to have fun donating!

Bringing in over 150 attendees, the starry night was successful. More than $50,000 was raised, making “A Cosmic Affair” the third-largest grossing fundraiser event for Coalition for Adequate Student Housing’s Proposition 51 Campaign.

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Canstruction 2015: 51,000 Meals for Families in Need

Canstruction 2015: 51,000 Meals for Families in Need

Westgroup Designs and Snyder Langston teamed up last Friday to support Canstruction and the Orange County Food Bank. This year the teams who participated collected 82,000 cans of food, or 51,000 meals for the families in need in our local community.

Deft hands carefully steadied cans of tuna, baked beans and chicken inside Anaheim’s large transit station.

The collection of preserved food slowly took shape into a regal lion rising more than seven feet tall.

The public art piece and four other colossal canned food structures crafted by local architecture and engineering firms will be displayed through Sept. 27 at the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center as part of an effort to feed the poor.

View the original article from Orange County Register

 

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