Community at L.A. Fuess Partners
Many young engineers at L.A. Fuess Partners have shared their knowledge, experience, and love for engineering with the ACE Mentor Program. The program recruits high school juniors & seniors who are interested in careers in architecture, construction, or engineering (ACE). The program’s mission is to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in ACE industries. Mentoring sessions occur almost every Thursday evening between October and April at engineering and architecture offices in Dallas. Our office hosts an engineering activity every year as well. Each week the students work together on fun and educational ACE-related activities. The students are grouped into teams where they take a design project from proposal to completion through a design charrette. At the end-of-year banquet the students come together and present their final project to their parents, mentors, and a panel of local ACE professionals. The activities & project are intended to be educational and fun, but at the same time simulate the responsibilities of each profession and how design professionals all collaborate together to achieve a successful project. As mentors, our employees have the opportunity to share our unique knowledge and perspective during the educational activities, hands-on activities, and design charrettes.
Hearts & Hammers
Hearts and Hammers is an L.A. Fuess Partners tradition. Since 2003 L.A. Fuess Partners has been an annual participant in the Hearts and Hammers program. The mission of Hearts and Hammers is to refurbish qualified homes owned by low income citizens within the Dallas Metroplex. Hearts and Hammers accomplishes its mission by recruiting volunteer teams to work on two specific project days in the fall. Our employees volunteer to spend two Saturdays in the fall replacing rotten wood, scraping, painting, landscaping, and building new handrails and ramps to help the owner improve their home.
Benefiting the North Texas Food Bank, L.A. Fuess Partners has participated in CANstruction since 2002. Along with many other companies in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, a team of our employees works together for several months each year to design a sculpture made entirely out of non-perishable food items. In the fall, the CANstruction team puts their ideas into action by building a unique sculpture using cans purchased with donations from industry partners and from L.A. Fuess Partners. Following the build, all of the structures are judged by a panel of local judges to select winners from several different categories. Past L.A. Fuess CANstruction teams have been selected for “Structural Integrity” and “Juror’s Choice” awards. After exhibiting the CANstructures for several weeks, all food items are donated to local food banks. This event is a great opportunity for our employees to exercise their creative capabilities and provide a much needed assistance to the community.
Form Follows Fitness
With the Katy Trail in such close proximity to the L.A. Fuess Partners Dallas office, it’s no wonder there is a vibrant group of runners and walkers within our company. This group is the driving force behind our participation in the Form Follows Fitness 5K benefiting the Dallas Architecture and Design Exchange (ADEX). Founded in 2008, the DCFA is home to a variety of professional organizations allied with architecture and design organizations, including AIA Dallas, the Dallas Architecture Forum, IIDA-TX/OK, ULI North Texas, and USGBC North Texas. The 5K run is a capstone fundraising event for the Dallas Center for Architecture with many from the A/E/C DFW community socializing at Klyde Warren Park before, during, and especially after the run. L.A. Fuess Partners is proud to serve as a major sponsor for the event as well as being the exclusive sponsor of the social run series leading up to the race event. Videos from our team at Form Follows Fitness 5K can be found here, here, and here.
L.A. Fuess Partners supports on-going activities numerous employees who devote their time and energy toward numerous regional and national institutions and organizations, including University engineering and architectural advisory committees and boards, professional engineering organizations, local and regional real estate associations and facilities management organizations.
Community and Lifestyle at L.A. Fuess
L.A. Fuess Partners believes engaged and satisfied employees feel a profound connection to the company and each other. Besides giving back to the community and getting involved as a team, we also bond outside of the workplace. Group outings and events help build the culture of our company and play a major factor in our strength as a team!