After a project has been vetted by a volunteer, it can be recommended as an active AWB-Seattle project. At this point, we send out a Call for Volunteers to find a Project Lead to get the project started. From here, we will build a design team of volunteers with specific skills to meet each project's unique needs.
The volunteer design team works together with in-person meetings, by phone, and through email to create solutions to meet the project need. Our services include conceptual and schematic drawings, master planning for buildings and green spaces, and for small scale projects, construction documents.
Our approach strives to be as participatory as possible, engaging community partners to co-envision and design for diverse needs. At times, we will send the Project Lead to visit the community and project site so that we can put forward solutions to best meet their needs.
The entire design process ranges for each project from a couple months to a couple years. At times, we build such strong relationships with a community that we may work on multiple projects.