Since our first day in business in 1988, community has always been at the heart of everything we do at Gilbert Architects.
Our strong focus on serving the communities we live and work in began with our firm’s Founder, Thomas W. Gilbert, AIA, REFP, NCARB, and his vision to design schools that serve, inspire, and encourage our youth.
Today, we live out this mission through our building design projects for K-12 educational facilities and by volunteering as a team with community organizations and nonprofits.
Ken Goad, a Construction Contract Administrator and a Vietnam Veteran, takes his commitment to community very seriously. He volunteers with the Crossroads Center for Children, headquartered in Rotterdam, N.Y., which focuses on helping children with autism and other special needs.
“I got involved with the Crossroads Center for Children after my friends’ granddaughter attended the school. I’ve sponsored many golf tournaments and galas to help children with special needs,” said Goad.
Goad most recently spent a few days in N.Y. to attend the Crossroads Center for Children’s 25th Anniversary Gala. The annual gala celebrates the work of the Center’s staff and volunteers, while also raising money for the school’s operational expenses and educational programs.
Exceptionally skilled at the just-for-fun Hi-Lo card game at the gala, Goad tied for the grand prize with another attendee. Even after winning, Goad’s focus remained on giving back. He gave his prize – a gift certificate to a specialty wine store – to his friends who originally shared the organization’s mission with him.
As you can see, Goad even took a moment to showcase his purple glasses from the event, bringing smiles to everyone at our Lancaster, Pa. office.
Goad’s volunteer work reminds us that our work at Gilbert Architects extends far beyond blueprints and buildings. It’s about designing a welcoming environment for every child to learn and grow, supporting the growth of the communities we serve, and fostering a spirit of generosity within our team.
You can learn more about the Crossroads Center for Children here.