Perkins+Will celebrated “Day without a Car”
Coinciding with the City of Houston’s Bike to Work Day, Perkins+Will participated in their fourth annual “Day without a Car” on May 9, 2014. Perkins+Will Project Manager Diego Rozo, AIA first organized this event to encourage his co-workers to bike, walk, take transit or carpool and leave their cars at home, based on similar events promoted by European cities. This year, six Perkins+Will employees rode bikes to work and nine other employees used alternative transit modes. Rozo worked with the property manager of 1001 McKinney Street, the historic City National Bank Building where Perkins+Will offices, to encourage other tenants to participate.
“The first year, people were hesitant, but they now enjoy leaving their cars at home multiple times throughout the year,” Said Rozo. “They appreciate the opportunity that transit and carpooling give them to experience the scenery and gain a better sense of belonging with the city,” he added.
The bike riders wore matching T-shirts, which helped signal that this is a special event and prompted drivers to smile and wave. Less car-centric ways to commute to work reflect the firm’s emphasis on sustainability. Bike rider and Perkins+Will Associate Principal Filo Castore, AIA said, “Alternative travel modes dovetail with healthy lifestyle approaches promoted by our corporate and healthcare clients, including Texas Children’s Hospital and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.”
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a global interdisciplinary architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. The firm’s current Houston work includes the University of Houston Energy Park, master plan for the 4,000-acre Generation Park and the new Lamar High School. Perkins+Will Houston is currently providing architecture for Abilene Christian University and Texas A&M University, as well higher education projects in Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio and Tennessee. For more information, visit www.perkinswill.com