August 8, 2017

Bialosky Plays Hard at AIA Cleveland Beach Day

Last Saturday, we hit Edgewater Beach for AIA Cleveland Beach Day, the annual field day for northeast Ohio architecture and engineering firms to compete in the sand, while raising scholarship funds for the ACE Mentorship program. The beach was filled with people all day: watching the festivities of sandcastle building and beach volleyball tournament, eating at food trucks, or enjoying the new Edgewater Beach House.  It's no surprise that our sandcastle team chose to build the Beach House (which we are thankful stayed standing for the parade of castles!) Other favorite sand sculptures included AECOM's "May The Forest Be With You" and RDL's salute to the Cleveland Zoo, all celebrating the Metroparks' centennial.

Our volleyball team had the best threads on the field, unified in wearing their Bialosky Sports tees in that unmistakable blue. They eliminated a few teams on their way deep into the tournament, before finally losing a close one to a DS Architecture team.

You can see more photos of the day in Steve Litt's article for Cleveland.com here

Final Sandcastle Competition Results:

First Place: AECOM (Third consecutive title)

Second Place: GPD Group

Third Place:  RDL Architects

People's Choice | Public Vote:  RDL Architects

Final Volleyball Competition Results:

First Place:  Perspectus | Robert Maschke Architects | Free Agents (Third consecutive title)

Second Place: Whiting-Turner Construction

Third Place:  Dealer Tire

July 6, 2017

Bialosky + Rust Belt Riders

A proud partner of Rust Belt Riders composting since 2017, we wanted to share how far we have come since then. We have diverted over 3,700 pounds of food waste from landfills and kept 3,270 pounds of harmful greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere.

This year, Bialosky Cleveland took a leap towards a more environmentally-friendly office, by separating our food waste from our landfill trash. Sustainability is an important principle at Bialosky Cleveland and we strive to act more green-minded. We focus on sustainability in our work, as many of our employees have LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications and our firm takes on many LEED projects. By adding an environmental initiative to our everyday lives, we remember the purpose behind the sustainable principles we apply to our projects.

Since mid-February, Bialosky Cleveland collected over 528 pounds of food waste. This is equivalent to keeping 464 pounds of greenhouse gasses from entering the atmosphere. When food waste goes into a landfill, it cannot break down properly and it produces large amounts of the harmful greenhouse gas, methane. By separating our organic food waste and allowing it to decompose naturally, we prevent methane from being created and keep the air a bit cleaner.

Our food waste is picked up every Friday afternoon by a Cleveland composting company called Rust Belt Riders and is transported to various local community gardens, where it is used as organic fertilizer.

 

Rust Belt Garden in downtown Cleveland, OH.

I recently toured Rust Belt Garden in downtown Cleveland with Michael Robinson, CFO of Rust Belt Riders. At this location, people in the neighborhood take care of the garden and receive fresh fruit and vegetables grown with compost in return.

Plants were grown with compost in Cleveland, OH.

The employees at Rust Belt Riders are knowledgeable about the biology and business of compost and they ensure Bialosky’s food waste is re-used in ways that best serve the community and environment. The company also services other well-known Cleveland businesses, such as University Hospitals, Spice Kitchen, and City Club of Cleveland.

Rust Belt Riders are creating compost with food waste.

We recently added an architectural touch to our composting bin – a wooden cover cut with our in-office laser cutter out of reclaimed wood. A few Bialosky architects and designers collaborated on the design and creation of the cover.

Compost cover made by Bialosky designers.

Composting our food waste keeps sustainability on the minds of Bialosky employees and reminds us to be more environmentally conscious in our professional and personal lives.

February 9, 2017

Canstruction 2017

Bialosky Cleveland is excited to participate in the 12th Annual Canstruction event and we need your help!

What is Canstruction?

Canstruction is a unique charity art exhibition and competition featuring structures made entirely out of full cans of food. At the end of the event, all of the food is donated to the Cleveland Foodbank during their Harvest for Hunger campaign. 

How Can I Get Involved?

We respectfully request your support for this important Cleveland event with a donation of $250-500 as a company or $50.00 as an individual. However, your generosity at any amount will be greatly appreciated as every $1 can provide enough food for four nutritious meals that will benefit children and families in need in our community!

DONATE HERE

Bialosky Stats

6 Years of Participation
People's Choice Award (2x)
Can-Spirit Award (2x)
Over 24,000 Cans Given to the Cleveland Food Bank

April 7, 2015

Canstruction: Bialosky takes home People’s Choice Award!

BPA would like to thank our sponsors for their generous donations. Thanks to their help we were able to raise $4,390 and purchase over 4,188 cans of food to donate to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank during their Harvest for Hunger Campaign! These cans combined with the rest of the teams’ structures, will provide a record breaking number of over 32,800 cans to Northeast Ohio’s Hunger Relief.

This year, our sculpture was given the People's Choice Award! With the theme of “Childhood Board Games”, our team created the “GO” corner of a Monopoly board loaded with a house, hotel, hat player’s piece and shoe player’s piece made of 4,188+ cans. Our Monopoly board contained a variety of foods such as potatoes, pork & beans, black beans and salmon as well as “super foods” including tuna and vegetables.

Logo Monopoly

Monopoly was created during the height of the Great Depression by a man who simply wanted to entertain his friends and loved ones. While the Great Depression is long since over, poverty is still a prevalent issue today. According to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, one in six people are food insecure - meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from. With our contribution this year, we hope to "PASS GO" on hunger!

Enjoy some photos from the event including all of the great sculptures this year!
Note: Please hover your mouse over the images below to navigate the slideshow:

February 2, 2015

CANstruction Season is Here!

Bialosky + Partners Architects (BPA) is excited to once again participate in this year’s Cleveland 2015 Canstruction Design/Build competition, which benefits the Cleveland Foodbank during their Harvest for Hunger Campaign. Canstruction, a national charity of the design and construction industry created by the Society of Design Administration, is devoted to increasing public perception of hunger through gallery-style sculpture of canned goods in public locations. (Below please find photos of BPA structures from previous years.)

With the help of our sponsors last year:

  • BPA raised a total of $5,750!
  • Our sculpture included over 6,900 canned goods, all of which have been donated to the Cleveland Foodbank.
  • Constructing our sculpture took 4 hours & 14 team members
  • For the second year in a row, our team’s sculpture, “The Hollywood Hills”, was given the title “Can-Spirit” for most amount of cans and team enthusiasm!

Last year's Canstruction took us to Hollywood!

As always we would like to go above and beyond our goals from previous years and aim for a sculpture that consists of 7,000+ cans (or raise approx. $6,000)! We respectfully request your support for this important Cleveland event with a donation of $250-500 as a company or $50.00 as an individual. However, your generosity at any amount will be greatly appreciated as we try and reach our goal. Your contributions will be recognized on signage next to our sculpture during the exhibit and featured in our BPA Cleveland Design Blog (https://www.bialosky.com/blog).  Please follow the link below to place a donation to help us build our structure!

Donate Button with Credit Cards

This year's theme is "Childhood Board Games" and our sculpture will be on display beginning March 20th. We kindly request any assistance you could provide by Monday, March 2, 2015.

Please accept our gratitude for your time, thought, and consideration. We look forward to the potential collaboration with you for this charitable event.

Thank you to last year's sponsors!