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inside asid AS I D New England Chapter Honored with Service Award Established to promote the value of professional stewardship, the ASID Chapter Community Service Award recognizes the many ways that ASID members, through their chapters, give back to their communities. The award is an opportunity for the Society to recognize the work of designers, and the importance of the profession in a realm outside of the usual business sector. The ASID Chapter Support Team CST evaluated this year’s entries based on a set of pre-established criteria that assessed each project’s purpose and effect on the community and the extent to which it promoted the ASID brand values and involved the chapter members as a whole. After careful review of the five submissions from chapters across the country, the CST selected the ASID New England Chapter as the winner of the 2006 Chapter Community Service Award. In September of 2005, members of the chapter volunteered to redesign and refurbish the 12 bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, living room, office and hallways of the Devon Nicole House, a facility that provides affordable housing for the families of young patients being treated at the Boston Children’s Hospital. The house had been open for a year, in an office building with a functional but institutional interior. Janet Brown, ASID, who served as lead for the project, involved fellow ASID members in making “a more inviting and relaxed environment for the Devon Nicole House guests.” New England chapter members stepped up to the challenge and the 15 initial volunteers recruited additional students and faculty from nearby colleges, as well as Industry 56 ASID New England Chapter members redesigned and refurbished the Devon Nicole House, a facility that provides affordable housing for the families of young patients being treated at the Boston Children’s Hospital. Partner members who donated products and services. The CST noted, among other things, the large number of people who will benefit from this project. An estimated 300 people have already stayed in the Devon Nicole House while their young family members are treated at the hospital. The New England chapter has established an ongoing relationship with the hospital, and began work this past summer on a new project for families who have children in the hospital’s intensive care unit. The award was presented to the chapter by ASID President Suzan Globus, FASID, during the “Celebrating ASID Service Luncheon” at INTERIORS 07 in San Francisco. CST members were thoroughly impressed by all of the submissions received in this, the second year of this award, and look forward to reviewing future years’ submissions. The ASID New Jersey, Ohio South/ Kentucky, Washington State and California – Orange County Chapters also submitted exceptional community service projects for consideration. The ASID New Jersey Chapter developed spaces and secured dona- tions for Katie’s House, Inc., a Newton, N.J., non-profit organization dedicated to providing assisted living facilities for young adults with developmental disabilities. In coordination with another volunteer organization, chapter members secured donations for everything from kitchen cabinets, carpeting, lighting fixtures and tile installation, making the interior of the home habitable for residents and caregivers. The Lexington, Ky., design community, with the support of the ASID Ohio South/ Kentucky Chapter and numerous volunteers, created a 600-square-foot addition and fully appointed home for a family in need. The team doubled the home’s living space and also provided new furniture, remodeled bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, family room addition and new master suite. Several organizations came together for this single cause, making a huge impact on the life of one family. The ASID Washington State Chapter volunteer team has been working for over a year improving “A Place of Our Own,” a shelter providing resources for deaf and deaf/blind victims of domestic violence. The chapter team provided floor plans and furniture specifications, worked with suppliers and also solicited donations for artwork and furniture. The team’s knowledge of the specialized needs of the deaf and deaf/blind community and relevant ADA guidelines were essential to the project’s success. The ASID California – Orange County Chapter remodeled two bedrooms and one bathroom for Human Options, a non-profit organization helping battered women break the cycle of domestic violence. Volunteers converted the space to a welcoming environment for those who use the facility. Improvements included replacing cold metal beds with warm wooden frames, adding organizational systems to closets, secur ing donated artwork, adding new carpet and draperies, and painting murals. The submission deadline for the 2007 ASID Chapter Community Service Award is Oct. 31, 2007. Chapter projects completed between Oct. 1, 2006, and Sept. 30, 2007, are eligible. For more information, visit the “awards and competitions” section of the ASID Web site at, call 202 675-2364 or e-mail ASID ICON | THE MAGAZINE OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASID Icon - March/April 2007

President’s Message
Good to Know
Is Bigger Better?
Designing Healing Homes
Case Study: Phelps Memorial Hospital
Is Outsourcing In?
Thinking Green
Aging in Style
Inside ASID
Resource Guide

ASID Icon - March/April 2007