A Bulldog Comes to Life!
Pulling off a major project for any organization is not easy, especially for schools. Many different elements need to come together, to name a few:
The Vision & Game plan: What are we trying to create? How do we gain support?
The money! How much? Where's it coming from? How do we raise it?
The Team Players: Who needs to be involved, both inside our organization and outside?
The Execution: Timelines, funding, roles and responsibilities of all the different people and organizations.
The contingency plans: What do we do when/if something goes wrong, or the unexpected happens? (Like, I don't know......a pandemic?!?!)
I took a fun little field trip yesterday to Haddonfield Memorial High School in NJ. This school is the latest among a long line of schools we have been honored to work with at PAVERART over 17+ years. Haddonfield is extra special, because we have a real LOVE for their mascot: A BULLDOG!
Many years ago we did a PAVERART design for Killian the Bulldog. Since than we've done other bulldogs, and when a cute boy shows up at Leonardtown Wharf with his bulldog.....and a 40' Compass Rose we made years ago, we knew the bulldog carries great karma for PAVERART!
So anytime a school calls and their mascot is a bulldog, we can't help but smile.
Haddonfield Memorial High School in NJ had all the makings of a successful project. Again, back to the key elements we learned about early:
A space that gets transformed from "bare" to functional and visually appealing
Paying tribute to the past with honoring past athletes in a "Legacy Hall Of Fame" area
A Fundraising component with Engraved Pavers
A visual anchor that lets all people know "who's house your in!"
This came together in the following rendering:
The Starting Point
Some Snapshots From The Field Trip
Walking through the space, I couldn't help but envision what this will feel like when sports start up, what the opposing teams will feel like, as well as, the home team. First thought that came to mind: "WELCOME TO OUR HOUSE!!!" In a hyper competitive sort of way.
From the PAPER TO PAVERART
What a fun project! Hats off to the team at Haddonfield Memorial High School for staying at it, and battling through the challenges nobody could have predicted with the Covid-19 Crisis.