Organizational Capacity Building
Monica’s approach to systemic change is intentional and inclusive. In an effort to boost enrollment, Monica Duncan, with team support, led a group of providers through a 6-month process that included training, assessment, technical assistance and strategizing. The goal was to reimagine facility space design, program management, parental engagement and partner development. This process led to improved enrollment and greater functionality and safety within classrooms as well as teacher satisfaction. The providers also participated in peer learning and strategy sessions to improve leadership and personnel management. Moving forward, organizational management processes are in constant evolution and are implemented with intentionality and diligence for continued success.
Ric Ramos has been involved in assembling and leading resourceful teams to address urgent and unique building deficiencies and quickly formulate solutions.
Ric was called to assess the exterior wall of an upper-story multi-purpose room that suffered years of water infiltration that caused a supporting wood structure to rot. The structure’s repair was vital because it supported a 30-foot by 9-foot sloped window that was a potential hazard to people below. Within 36 hours of inspecting the wall, an action plan was developed to clear the area in question, design a replacement wall to meet aesthetic requirements that solved design flaws of the original window, and hire an architect to develop final construction drawings for permitting by the local municipality.
A log cabin transformed into an early childhood and education center in Florida endured years of wear and tear with little-to-no maintenance to the log construction. In less than 5 months, Ric assessed the interior and exterior conditions; provided specifications and drawings for repairs for bidding purposes; and provided project management as the owner’s representative for the work of two separate specialized contractors for corn blasting, staining, and chinking for the logs and for the fascia and soffit repairs.
The work involved:
- Extensive exterior log construction repair and restoration; removal and treatment of carpenter bee pests at exterior beams and rafters
- Extensive repair and restoration of existing roof’s exposed timber beams, rafters, eaves and rakes
- Installation of new soffit panels at existing soffit areas where timber beams and rafters were exposed for carpenter bee mitigation
- Repair and restoration of exterior board and batten siding
All work was performed in specific phases while the center was still occupied.