If you read our last article on the project management group for the Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center, you already know how important each aspect of this project is to us and the leadership development of the girls of South Carolina. We wanted every space, element, and partner to not only benefit girls, but align with our Girl Scout values.
That’s where BOUDREAUX comes in. When in the architect selection process we saw proposals from several highly qualified, highly skilled architecture groups, but the one that clearly stood out from the rest was BOUDREAUX. They became an obvious front runner due to their caliber of work, extensive experience, but also because the women who would be designing the Leadership Center were, in fact, once Girl Scouts themselves. In their proposal, they spoke of their passion and firm belief in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and even included photos of them in uniform.
Once we made our decision to go with BOUDREAUX, this group of talented women immediately got to work. However, they didn’t just draft a design behind the walls of their office. They were true Go-getters and came TO US for ideas, inspiration, and “must haves”. They attended our staff meetings, town halls, and met with real girls in our council to have vision sessions so that this facility would be a reflection of who we are as Girl Scouts right here in South Carolina. Each detail, from the colors and themes, to the layouts and programmatic spaces were designed by and for Girl Scouts.
When we sat down with the women taking point on designing the Leadership Center, this is what they had to say:
“Girl Scouts means so much to all of us. We each have different backgrounds and stories, but Girl Scouts brings us all together. We each have different skills and abilities, but we are all leaders. We are thrilled to work on this project and deliver something incredible for girls everywhere.”