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Call for Materials

As this year's Boston Marathon took place and athletes prevailed, efforts by the Boston Survivor's Accessibility Alliance (BSAA) and the BSA's Renovate for Recovery committee to help the survivors of the 2013 bombings continue. For two years now, the BSAA, together with Renovate for Recovery, has adapted nearly 10 homes by creating accessible bathrooms, stairs, entryways, kitchens, and more.

There is still more work to do, and an ongoing need for labor and materials. Below is an update on completed and in-progress projects, followed by a list of specific needs (courtesy of the BSAA).

Donations needed:

BSAA Project Location – Stoneham
Project Scope: Two-car garage providing accessible entrance to residence
General Contractor: Structuretone
Timing:  Donations required for Spring 2015

  • Asphalt driveway (Approximately 600 SF in area.)
  • Aluminum gutters & downspouts
  • Interior finishes for garage
  • Stucco siding (To match existing house finish.)
  • Finish painting for garage and trim.  exterior and interior
  • 2 Anderson windows–30” sill–to match existing house windows
  • Misc. landscaping to restore property

Renovate for Recovery needs your help!

Will you join a RfR Procurement Team? We are looking to recruit a few volunteers to help source materials for active Renovate for Recovery projects.  This will likely involve phone calls during the work day.

Please contact Dawn Guarriello & Dana Cohen if you are interested and able to help.

Renovate for Recovery, a volunteer initiative of BSA members and colleagues in the design industry, joins forces with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to use our collective expertise to help in the recovery process for those physically affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. Our mission is to facilitate accessible design modifications and renovations to the homes of those most affected. We are reaching out to AIA Massachusetts members, both individual practitioners and firms, asking you to volunteer pro-bono design services as part of this community service outreach. State agencies will serve as liaison to persons in need and their therapists and will connect us with engineers, builders, and building department officials as needed.

Renovate for Recovery is collaborating with the Community Design Resource Center of Boston, a program of the BSA Foundation.

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Committee Chairs
Dawn Guarriello AIA /
Dana Cohen AIA /
Gretchen Rabinkin AIA /
Renovate for Recovery is part of the Public Policy Commission.

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Past Events

November 5, 2013 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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October 18, 2013 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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August 2, 2013 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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June 14, 2013 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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