Partnerships with community development organizations and mission-driven non-profits are at the center of our practice. Collaborating with clients with shared values sharpens our focus to create designs that facilitate healthy and connected communities.
Syracuse Cooperative Market
Design-build millwork and interiors
- Accessibility planning
- Full House Construction
Design work to modernize this beloved but aging neighborhood grocery included layout planning, accessibility improvements, signage, facade upgrades, and point-of-sales stations. We constructed a new checkout area to improve the user experience for shoppers and cashiers alike. The scope of the partnership expanded when the Co-op opened a second location. We outfitted the new space with sales stations, custom millwork, and interior build-outs. Colorful ceiling “clouds” create human scaled spaces and points of activity within the large commercial space.
Westcott Neighborhood Association
Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today
- Neighborhood placemaking
- Pedestrian safety improvements
- Community engaged design-build
Echo partnered with the Westcott Neighborhood Association to design and build numerous streetscape improvements in the business district to make it more welcoming and pedestrian friendly. Our first undertaking was the improvement of a small, city owned green-space, which we expanded by adding sculptural benches and a new pathway. The collaboration continued with a new bus stop shelter and gateway signage for the district. The designs' bright colors express the fun and funky nature of the community. Each of these designs was created through community engagement, input, and volunteer participation.