Cambridge, MA Architect Thomas Downer Participates In Habitat’s 2012 Home Builder’s Blitz

The foundation is being built for the 2012 Habitat Blitz that Cambridge,MA architect Thomas Downer is participating in.

Cambridge, MA architect Thomas Downer joins Habitat for Humanity’s 2012 Home Builder’s Blitz, coming together with other professionals in the community to build new energy-efficient homes for families in need.

The foundation is being built for the 2012 Habitat Blitz that Cambridge,MA architectThomas Downer is participating in.

The foundation is being built for the 2012 Habitat Blitz that Cambridge, MA architect Thomas Downer participated in.

“It feels good to know that at the end of a week of extraordinary effort by many people, two families now have new, energy-efficient homes.”

Cambridge, MA home architect Thomas Downer agrees with Habitat for Humanity’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. That is why he volunteered with the Merrimack Valley Habitat to provide construction services for two homes built by the team. He took time time out from his already very busy schedule to do the exterior trim and siding prep.

This is what he had to say about the Blitz:

“When Dave West asked me to help on the Habitat for Humanity project, it was an easy decision. Spending a day using my construction experience for a good cause is rewarding on several levels. These projects are organized chaos. The planning and coordination necessary to pack dozens of skilled tradespeople on one site and complete the project on a very tight schedule are phenomenal. It feels good to know that at the end of a week of extraordinary effort by many people, two families now have new, energy-efficient homes.”

Thomas Downer’s residential architectural firm in Cambridge specializes in remodels and additions. He has been serving his community for over 35 years, and he excels at coming up with unique solutions to help fulfill client needs.

The Habitat Blitz ran from June 4 through June 10, 2012.  Bringing together the best of the area, a team of 40 to 50  professional volunteers built two homes in Lawrence, MA. The land was generously donated by the Brien Family, all the materials needed to build these two homes were donated by local vendors and builders, and the architectural services for this project were provided by Andrew Steingiser.

The leadership team for this year’s blitz was comprised of six local local home building companies. They were Bob Gosselin of Correct Temp, Sara Elmer and John Rodenhizer of JSR Adaptive Energy Solutions, Steve Cote and Bill Foster of Cote & Foster, Ken Kumph of Premier Builders, Susan and Steve Howell of Howell Custom Building Group and Dave West of Meadowview Construction.  All of them worked hard that week to ensure the houses were properly built in the one week time period they were allotted.

Thomas Downer worked with Dave West, and swapped his computer for a hammer. This was a  definite change of pace from his usual line of work as home renovation architect.

It really is heartwarming to know a group of successful individuals worked on such an admirable project that ensured two more families in the community now have a new home to call their own.

To borrow the words of Tony Robbins, “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”

About Downer/Associates

Thomas Downer is a design architect that serves Cambridge, Winchester, and surrounding areas in MA, and the owner of Downer/Associates. His firm provides services throughout the greater Boston area. He has been designing new homes as well as remodels and additions for over 35 years, and several of his projects have been featured in the Boston Globe.

Thomas Downer can be reached at:

Downer /Associates
13 Regent Street, Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 491-2519 ‎

This press release was prepared by Bobrow Consulting Group (BCG) for Downer Associates.  BCG works with building design professionals to build their business by optimizing their online strategy, teaching marketing for architecture firms as well as offering web design and SEO consulting services.


Cambridge, Ma design architect Thomas Downer has over 30 years of experience.

Home designer Thomas Downer has been serving clients in the greater Boston area for over 30 years.

Cambridge,Ma architect Thomas Downer at the construction site.

Home renovation architect Thomas Downer takes a break from the Habitat construction to pose for a photo.

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