Our Approach

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why

Construction for Change believes every building provides an opportunity to improve the health, education, or economic mobility of everyone in a community. From schools to medical facilities, these are the spaces where change happens. Construction for Change builds world-class facilities where people can exchange information, discuss ideas, and access life-improving services.

 

 what

We partner with organizations that provide life-changing resources but have outgrown their current facilities or want to expand the services they offer. We design buildings that match the needs of the people who use them, because great work is even better in great spaces. We build to last; our facilities meet the highest standards of safety and durability. Through natural disasters, time, and difficult environmental conditions, our structures stay standing to provide space for positive change.

 

where

We start where our services are needed most – in communities where people are struggling with poverty and oppression. We forge strategic partnerships with organizations providing life-changing services. Through these partnerships, we are able to build an ecosystem for construction from the ground up; we identify and recruit local skilled labor and source local materials that are sustainable and ethical. Over time and after multiple projects, the conditions are ripe to meet additional construction needs for an even higher value to our partners. This model ensures the sustainability and scalability of our organization.  

To date, we have completed 42 facilities in 16 countries, across 4 continents. While much our work focuses on the areas of need globally, we recognize that people struggle with poverty and oppression right here in the US. That’s why we also partner with nonprofits on several projects each year in our home city of Seattle and around the country.  

 

how 

We are a nonprofit construction management company. Our unique model of service provides the highest possible value to our partners. We leverage the expertise of volunteer construction professionals who selflessly give their time, energy, and talents to make our work possible. These volunteers include pairings of experienced project managers and up-and-coming minority and female construction professionals – our “Change Fellows” – who collaborate with skilled local labor to see the building process through to completion. Our volunteers offer a rich diversity of perspectives, and together with the pro bono work of world-class design firms, they ensure that our buildings meet the needs of people who use them. This model allows us to streamline costs without compromising quality, saving our partners an average of 20% on the design and direct costs of construction.


view us in action

Hear from non-profit partners about the value we have brought to their community.


 
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The 30/30 Project was a five-year initiative of the non-profit, Construction for Change. The project was launched as a partnership between the Lewis family and CfC in 2014 to improve access to comprehensive healthcare by funding the construction of 30 medical facilities worldwide. The 30/30 Project and CfC partnered with local on-the-ground organizations who provide healthcare services but needed new or improved infrastructure. The partner organizations operate and staff the health care facilities with qualified professional healthcare providers. These partners included Partners in Health, Integrate Health, The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) and 14 other non-profit organizations in 9 different countries, including the US and Puerto Rico. 

This 5-year initiative has recently completed the selection and funding of its 30th healthcare facility, achieving its ambitious goal. The 30/30 Project raised nearly three million dollars over five years to construct 30 medical facilities worldwide. The legacy of the 30/30 Project will live on through the continued work of Construction for Change as they build clinics and medical facilities for organizations in the health care sector around the world.
The 30/30 Project provides an example of our strategic partnership model moving forward.

http://3030project.org/