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Image of Dirt Works Studio LogoGiving back – it’s one of the most rewarding aspects of what we do here at T-Concepts Solutions. Philanthropic work, partnerships and alliances have been a part of our family dynamic for many years. It’s especially exciting when our door handles provide the perfect solution for the needs of organizations we wish to partner with. We got to experience this first-hand recently when we were approached by Dirt Works Studio at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design. And since this is such an amazing school, we knew right away that we wanted to be involved.

Here’s how our participation in this high-profile project came about.

Background on the Project
The program at the University of Kansas is highly-acclaimed and competitive, attracting students from around the country. Dirt Works Studio is a third-year architectural design/build class, led by Associate Professor of Architecture Chad Kraus. The studio gives students the opportunity to create and implement designs to full-scale in the real world.

Students from three departments at the school set about to remodel the 6,000-square foot space that formerly housed a snack bar and gathering space in Chalmers Hall. The objective was to create a better area for these purposes as well as space that could be temporarily expanded for exhibition openings and receptions. The students involved saw this as an opportunity to truly transform this section of Chalmers Hall into something more dynamic and multi-functional.

How We Got Involved
As the design phase evolved, the students began planning for a build-out that included glass sliding doors for the entryway into their studio space. Not only did the door handles they choose need to serve functionality requirements – they needed to fit with the rest of the design aesthetic coming together through the collaboration of ideas.

TCS was referred to Robyn Payne and the Dirt Works Studio team through colleagues of ours in the design field. As Robyn explained when she approached us, the university specifically requested to use our products in their build-out project. Needless to say, we were thrilled to be involved! Higher education and philanthropic work is an important part of our foundation and structure as a company, so there was no question that we would do our part to assist.

Working Together with Dirt Works
Robyn and her team had a clear idea for how they wanted their door handle hardware to look and feel, as well as function. After getting the technical details and hearing their design vision in detail, we had a sense that our ladder pulls would be the right solution.

We donated our LP-60-BSS-SFIC 60” Locking Ladder Pulls in Brushed Stainless Steel to the beautifully remodeled Dirt Works project. They served as the “touch of elegance” to complete the sliding door system with the security and durability needed for daily use.

Image of Locking Ladder Pull for Dirt Works Project“Thank you for supporting the Dirt Works Studio in our effort to create transformative architecture on a budget. We challenged ourselves to make bold moves within a high-traffic area to express our identity as a school of designers, engineers, makers, and innovators. We are gratified by T-Concepts Solutions contribution in realizing our vision, and making an impact on this school and its students.”

“I am writing to you on behalf of the entire Dirt Works Studio at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design to express our gratitude for your generosity. We challenged ourselves to make bold moves within a high-traffic area to express our identity as a school of designers, engineers, makers, and innovators. We are gratified by T-Concepts Solutions’ contribution in realizing our vision, and making an impact on this school and its students.”

Robyn Payne
Dirt Works Studio, Financial Manager
American Institute of Architecture Students, Chapter President
The University of Kansas | School of Architecture, Design, and Planning

How This Project Impacted Us
As mentioned previously, giving back is what we love most. Throughout the year we give to schools, non-profits and organizations which are near and dear to our hearts. When opportunities like this are referred to us, we jump at the chance to work with brilliant, eager minds in the fields of architecture and design. We got to share a connection with these students, as their field of studies is what is at the core of our commitment to manufacturing quality architectural hardware. To assist students and build awareness around products, makes our team even more energized to find great design solutions for all of our customers.

One final note: the team at Dirt Works graciously invited us to attend their ribbon cutting ceremony back in May. The invitation noted that the inclusion of the sliding glass door plus hardware was “a quintessential part of the Studio’s design” – the foundation, if you will. Dirt Works shared that they were incredibly thankful for our contribution to their vision…but really, WE are the ones that should be thankful for the faith they placed in choosing us!

Interested in learning more about the overall project? Check out Dirt Works Studio online.

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