Discover our partnership with Seattle-based nonprofit, Construction for Change.
The Construction for Change (CfC) mission is to create safe, sustainable infrastructure for nonprofits across the world. From schools and refugee centers, to community buildings and health clinics, the CfC network is dedicated to alleviating poverty in the world’s most under-resourced areas.
The organization’s impact is widespread, with projects in Solomon Islands, India, Cambodia, Kenya, Zambia, and more. When one of our engineers spent six months in Malawi with CfC, he brought passion for the mission home to the States, and to Coughlin Porter Lundeen.
Selected as a CfC Change Fellow, structural engineer Tyler Weinbrecht spent six months serving as a project manager in Malawi, overseeing the construction of a health clinic. He returned from Africa to begin his role at Coughlin Porter Lundeen, but was unsure of how to advocate for CfC now that he wasn’t onsite. “I believed wholeheartedly in what Construction for Change was doing, but I was new, entry-level, and didn’t feel like I was in a position to suggest pro-bono work.” But his manager was, and he was curious. Associate Principal Cory Hitzemann encouraged Tyler to share his experience at an all-company lunch session. From there, Coughlin Porter Lundeen’s involvement snowballed. Firm leadership ran with the idea and created ways for the firm to support Construction for Change and its mission.