Moody Nolan Honored by March of Dimes for Commitment to City of Chicago
Moody Nolan was built on the idea that architecture should be responsive. Whether to an organization or an entire community, a design should adapt to meet the unique vision and needs of the people using it. That is why the March of Dimes honored the architecture firm with the Professional Award at this year’s Construction & Transportation Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 15, for its work in, and dedication to, the city of Chicago.
“We are very humbled by this recognition,” said Curt Moody, the firm’s president and CEO. “As a family business truly dedicated to the communities in which we work and live, we are thrilled to receive the Professional Award from the March of Dimes. This recognition for our outstanding team and the hard work they consistently put forth is in reality a tribute to their love for the great city of Chicago.”
The 2015 Construction & Transportation Awards Luncheon is an opportunity for those in the industry to support March of Dimes’ mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Contributions from the afternoon will directly fund research and programs that pave the way to ensuring every baby receives a healthy start to life. This year’s luncheon took place at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago.
Moody Nolan has been a significant piece of the city’s five-year plan to revamp all seven City Colleges of Chicago. The enhancement of Malcolm X College, for example, which features improved energy efficiency features, will attract 6,000 new students and has brought nearly 1,000 jobs for skilled workers to the Chicago community.
The construction and design of the McCormick Place Headquarters Hotel will also greatly impact the Chicago city skyline, as well as the economy. Construction alone is expected to bring more than 7,400 jobs to the city and an additional $250,000 million will likely be spent in the area per year.
“Over the last 33 years, Moody Nolan has steadily grown; we are the largest African-American led architecture firm in Chicago and the United States,” said Renauld Mitchell, Moody Nolan partner and director of Chicago Operations. “With projects like Malcolm X and McCormick Place, we have been privileged to make a great impact on the city of Chicago. We look forward to watching our contributions to this great city grow.”
Other honorees included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Skyline Management Group, the Chicago Park District for Maggie Daley Park, Wilbur Milhouse and Method and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives with ComEd President and CEO, Anne Pramaggiore, as this year’s keynote speaker.