On October 14, 2018 the East Madison Community Center (EMCC) leadership team, board members and program participants gathered with the all-volunteer Design Team, FLOOR360, National Spokesperson for Design for a Difference Mark Brunetz, and representatives from the International Design Guild to celebrate the ‘new’ re-designed facility. The process began in April when volunteers from the Madison design community joined the design team and soon after met with EMCC staff to determine their needs and wish lists to create a design plan for all the spaces. The design team and FLOOR360 then reaches out to their partners and local businesses to donate time, funds, materials and labor to make the design plans a reality. During two weeks in October the staff moves out and a volunteer army moves in to complete the process. In the end, 12,800 square feet of space was covered with new flooring, 44 design team members worked around the clock, painters painted, installers installed, helpers helped, and 250 area businesses donated to provide a makeover valued over $600,000. Now the team at EMCC can continue to provide quality support and services and enjoy a new sense of pride knowing how much the greater Madison Community values them and their work.
The East Madison Community Center was established in 1966 to promote educational, recreational, and community activities for all citizens in its service area. EMCC strives to enhance the opportunities of as many individuals and groups as possible, with the assistance of public and private funds, and with the support of paid and volunteer staff. The EMCC serves over 4,400 individuals each year throughout its diversified programming options.
Design for a Difference is the first-ever community driven movement that brings socially-conscious design-driven flooring showrooms together with interior designers and other businesses to makeover much needed spaces at local charities with the support of designers, volunteers and donations. The movement was started by the International Design Guild membership of high-end flooring showrooms including FLOOR360. The 2015 charity recipient was the Respite Center at the Center for Families in Madison, WI. The 2016 charity recipient was The Rainbow Project in Madison, WI. The 2017 charity recipient was Centro Hispano. The 2018 recipient is East Madison Community Center.
The interior makeovers of non-profit facilities are organized by FLOOR360 and managed by a team of designers from the Madison area who volunteer their time and talents over the course of six months to makeover special places that deserve great spaces. This group of accomplished professionals and business owners consult with the individuals who work at the non-profits to determine their needs and wants, then develop floor plans, select color palettes, acquire and arrange furnishings, and create unique design flourishes for the spaces.
NBC15 captured some Design Team meetings and activities related to planning the makeover of East Madison Community Center. The design planning process begins in April and goes through the two week makeover and surprise reveal in October.
The first Design Team meeting was in April, see the local design professionals who are donating their time and talents to make over East Madison Community Center.
The interior design professionals who are donating their time and talents to the makeover of East Madison Community Center met with the staff and kids who use the facilities in May.
The design team meets to talk about the acquisition phase of the project. Previously, they met with everyone at East Madison Community Center to understand their needs and wants. Based on those meetings the team has a secret design plan for each room, and now they need to secure donations of materials, funds, and labor to make those secret design plans come to life.
The last designer update is all about the on-site makeover that happened September 29 – October 13 and the work going into transforming 12,800 square feet of space inside East Madison Community Center.
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