On September 29, The Open Hearth of Hartford held a ribbon-cutting to mark the completion of its exterior renovations designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM). The Open Hearth is a men’s transitional housing program with a primary goal to help homeless men enhance their capacity for self-help, self-respect and dignity, and to achieve their full potential as responsible citizens of Greater Hartford and Connecticut.
The ribbon-cutting commemorated the re-dedication of The Open Hearth building with Thomas Veilleux, President of The Open Hearth Board of Trustees, Governor Dannel Malloy, State Representative Angel Arce, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein in attendance. SLAM designed the original building in 1989 and was later contracted to assist with complete masonry restoration, window replacement and renovation of their courtyard.
Dave Labau, one of the founding partners and the “L” in SLAM, served on the Board of Trustees in addition to holding a Chairman position. “He was very passionate about working with The Open Hearth and we are glad to have continued his passion working together to complete the exterior renovations of their building,” said Catherine Ellithorpe, AIA, Project Manager, Associate Principal and SLAM’s Corporate Studio Leader.