Representatives from Satterfield & Pontikes and Newberry Architecture paid a special visit to HomeAid's April board meeting to unveil the new Playhouse design they created for HomeAid's 13th annual Project Playhouse fundraiser. The Satterfield & Pontikes (S&P) and Newberry team named the playhouse the Toy Box Playhouse .
HomeAid, S&P and Newberry Architecture have partnered with the Houston Astros and the Astros Foundation to help raise awareness of homelessness in the community. HomeAid's Project Playhouse is a fun way to engage with the public to help share their mission "to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach".
Representing both teams were from S&P: Nic Flannery, Alex Flannery, Jim Muska, Adam Butler and Robert Pleasants. From Newberry Architecture: Claudia Tax , Diane Eberly, Marshall Stewart , Brooke Brodlowicz, Gabriela Espinosa and David-Aleksander Ramirez.
The Toy Box Playhouse features a number of play areas such as a "rock climbing wall", a TV and desk area with a mini fridge, a painting and chalkboard station, and a Minute Maid “juice bar” area for kids to “sell” juices. There is also a loft above with a play-net that can be accessed by a built in ladder or the "rock climbing wall". The exterior features a slide that is accessible from the interior loft. "The design elements in this year's playhouse are a kid's dream come true," said Patrick Mayhan, HomeAid president. "I can see kids of all ages spending hours enjoying their playtime, right in their own backyard."
The Toy Box Playhouse also includes air conditioning and interior/exterior decor that enhances the amenities.
The S&P and Newberry teams will join HomeAid to display the Toy Box Playhouse during the Astros games, from June 25 to July 7. Fans will have an opportunity to win the playhouse in a drawing on July 7.
“Partnering with HomeAid in their efforts to help construct housing for homeless care providers, allows us to give back to our community and contribute to a cause that helps build a brighter future for those less fortunate," said George Pontikes, president of S&P. "We are also looking forward to showcasing the Toy Box Playhouse's creative design by Newberry Architecture at the Astros games in July."