We believe our responsibility as designers and planners includes giving back to the local community.
We have a strong commitment to provide pro bono services for public and non-profit projects that improve quality of life, inspire and foster social connections between individuals, build and honor Community, support imagination and generate thoughtful connections with nature that promote stewardship of the natural environment.
Below are a few examples of public and non-profit projects that we've provided pro bono services. If you have a project that needs assistance, please contact us to see how we may help.
Mike Nichols provided the City of Solana Beach with pro-bono professional design and construction administration services for the recently remodeled Fletcher Cove Community Center project. Mike orchestrated the installation of all the landscape improvements, almost entirely completed by community volunteers. Mike also provided his services as a LEED Accredited Professional to help process the project application for a LEED Silver rating.
Working in collaboration with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5431 and the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society, Mike provided design services and site planning assistance for the “Fallen Hero” War Memorial. The memorial proudly sits at the intersection of Highway 101 and Lomas Santa Fe Drive, one of the most-highly visible street corners in the heart of Solana Beach.
Mike Nichols was instrumental as a community volunteer in assisting with the grass-roots effort by local citizens to develop the design for the 1.7 mile long Coastal Rail Train in Solana Beach. Mike donated countless hours to develop the conceptual design plan, planting pallete and a cost estimate for the project, which he presented to the City Council. The Council ultimately voted to approve the plan that Mike created in the community’s vision. The project went on to win numerous local and state awards, but more importantly, the design honored the citizen’s desires to have the trail reflect the community’s unique coastal character.
As a volunteer working with the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society, Mike Nichols was able to obtain donations and successfully authored an application for a Solana Beach Community Grant totaling over $7500 in materials and funding for two Community Gardens located along the Coastal Rail Trail. Mike provided design drawings and worked with local community members to install the irrigation systems, flagstone paths and plant material.