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.
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.
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 30 facilities in 12 countries, from Togo to India. 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.
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.
The 30/30 Project is a five-year initiative of Construction for Change.
The 30/30 Project believes that healthcare is a human right and envisions a world in which everyone can get the healthcare they need. Julie Lewis, a 30-year HIV survivor and mother to Grammy winning, songwriter and performer Ryan Lewis, founded the 30/30 Project to improve global healthcare access. Their goal is to construct 30 healthcare facilities worldwide that are built to rigorous standards and will stand for at least another 30 years. To make this goal a reality, the 30/30 Project partnered with Construction for Change to coordinate design, development, and construction management of the medical facilities with in-country organizations.
The projects completed through this partnership to-date are located in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, India, South Africa and Togo, in addition to two projects in the Seattle area. Three years into our five-year partnership, 17 high-impact health facilities are completed or being built. The 30/30 Project provides an example of our strategic partnership model moving forward.