Community Leadership

Marc and Alex hang balloons on a tent at a 2013 Jazz in July concert.

Marc and Alex hang balloons on a tent at a 2013 Jazz in July concert sponsored by Silent Rivers.

Our design approach starts with the question, “How can this project make your life better?” We believe that each person’s project, space, environment, culture, and community are intertwined, so our approach seeks to maximize connectivity.

We’ve pursued this, too, in local, regional and national efforts to prioritize long-term efficacy of community-building practices. Silent Rivers has been a leader in providing opportunities for industry members and the general public to engage in energy efficiency, innovative building techniques,  healthy relationships with environment, and cultural enrichment. We have also helped charter state-wide efforts to promote sustainable and community-aware building practices.

Within our own walls, Silent Rivers continually looks to develop our own company community, making educational and professional growth opportunities available to our team members. We also encourage team members to engage in efforts that improve community life in various other organizations. The people of Silent Rivers will tell you that they are here, in part, because they are encouraged to contribute their talents, passions and principles to make a difference in people’s lives.

Here is a small sampling of our outside community activities:

  • Brinks Social Club President
  • Center of Sustainable Communities: Founder, members and contributors
  • Clive’s Public Art Commission, Founding Member
  • Des Moines Rehabbers Group: Founder, President and members
  • Des Moines Remodeler’s Council Chairma
  • Green & Main Founder
  • Habitat for Humanity volunteer
  • Highway clean-up volunteer
  • Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines and its Remodelers Council
  • Indigo Dawn LLC, Founder & President
  • Iowa Arts Council: Artist and Educator
  • Living Waters Fellowship, remodeling project donated
  • Meals from the Heartland volunteer
  • Metro Arts Council: Artist, Educator, Board member and Chairperson
  • National Association of Home Builders: members of the Board of Directors and Executive Committees
  • pArtners Unlimited: Educator, Board President
  • Verified Green Associate
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