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On June 25th , the Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) hosted a Virtual Gala unveiling the Center for Wellbeing and Happiness, the expansion to the organization’s current headquarters on East 8th Street and Avenue D in Manhattan. The project was designed pro-bono by SOM, and adds 5,000 square feet of new space to the organization’s headquarters.

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Director Peter Lefkovits and Associate Director Lori Maas join Rob Cassidy, Executive Editor of Building Design and Construction, on an episode of "The Weekly." Lefkovits and Maas discuss the current state of office and hotel markets and design strategies for maintaining healthy buildings in the age of COVID-19.

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SOM Associate Mina Hasman has been invited to join a new task group launched by UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) that aims to develop a definition of social value for the built environment. An architect and sustainability advocate, Hasman will work alongside leaders from across the building design and development industrires.

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On June 9th, Director Julia Murphy participated in "Tenant Talks," a panel hosted by Commercial Observer. Dino Fusco, Debra Hudnell, and Tal Kerret of Silverstein Properties, along with Arthur Matuszewski of Better.com and Thea Kruger of Berdon LLP, join Murphy in a discussion on returning to office spaces in New York as the city lifts coronavirus restrictions.

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As architects, designers, and engineers—as human beings—we stand with our Black colleagues, the Black community, and all people of color in the fight for justice and equality. Racism has no place in our culture, and we unequivocally condemn it in all forms. The fabric of our society, the founding promise that all humans are created equal, needs to be restored and it is our responsibility to raise our voices and be part of the solution.

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Mechanical Engineering Associate Director Rebecca Delaney has been named to the Nashville Civic Design Center Board of Directors as a Young Leaders Council Intern. The mission of the organization is to elevate the quality of Nashville's built environment and to promote public participation in the creation of a more functional and beautiful city.

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