Gwaltney Fleming, a Richmond architectural, design and general contracting firm, will renovate at no cost key areas of the Greater Richmond ARC's headquarters on Westwood Avenue. These include the organization's lobby and Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) offices.
In particular, ARC is interested in updating its ICDS offices to provide a friendly, supportive atmosphere for both children and their families, many of whom are working for the first time with a development disability. ICDS, an important part of the Greater Richmond ARC, provided specialized services for approximately 370 children and their families in 2005.
Brendan Fleming, the firm's owner, is especially sensitive to the needs of children and their families: her firm was recently honored by Working Mother magazine as one of the 25 best places to work in the U.S., in part, because of her family-focused workplace environment. Fleming's proposed ARCspace '06 plans call for better space utilization, direct travel paths, and more efficient work areas.
The value of the ARCspace '06 project is estimated to be between $60,000 and $80,000. Work is scheduled to begin in late April and will be completed by mid-summer. A number of local vendors have already been contacted and have agreed to donate goods and services, including Markel Corporation, Mohawk Carpets, B&L Floorcovering, Lee's Carpets, Atlas Carpet, Shaw Contract Group and Patcraft Commercial Carpet. If you know of a commercial vendor who may be interested in donating their services, please call 358-1874 or emal info@RichmondARC.org.