As people gather in the homes of friends and family during the holiday season, it’s easy to forget that many people may spend this time at local hospitals, health care facilities, and community support organizations. But these spaces don’t have to be bereft of holiday cheer, which is why Nemetschek Vectorworks is sponsoring the nationwide GINGERTOWN initiatives for the second year in a row: a one-of-a-kind program that brings together architects, engineers, and contractors across various cities to create communities of gingerbread houses for a good cause.
Created in 2006 by David M. Schwarz Architects, GINGERTOWN gives members of the AEC industry the opportunity to substitute steel and concrete with gingerbread and frosting to build miniature, master-planned towns. Even though the towns’ occupants are cookies, GINGERTOWNs are still designed to function as civic-centered, pedestrian-friendly communities complete with green spaces, city halls, concert halls, libraries, and toy stores. Best of all, once the towns are fully built, the individual buildings are delivered to places like the National Children’s Medical Center, The Washington Home, Martha’s Table, and Hannah House, as well as similar facilities in other GINGERTOWN cities across the country, to spread the message of joy and hope to the people who need it most during the holidays. Such organizations also receive 100 percent of the sponsorship contributions donated to the GINGERTOWN project.
Beyond sponsorship, employees from Nemetschek Vectorworks constructed part of this year’s GINGERTOWNs in Washington, DC and Dallas, helping to bring a little holiday magic to their local communities. “It was great to be able to give back in such a fun environment,” said Alice Lowy, US marketing manager at Nemetschek Vectorworks. “We got to experience the fun of building gingerbread houses while helping people close to home. It’s a great way for people in the AEC industry to support local charities by doing what they love.”
If you happen to be in the DC-Metro area, you can view DC's GINGERTOWN, Gingertown Junction, on December 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1275 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. If you stop by, don’t forget to cast a vote for your favorite building to win the People’s Choice Award!