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STO Building Group is dedicated to every local community it serves. Recently, Structure Tone NYC has worked with Make-A-Wish to make a child's dream room. Employees frequently volunteer, fundraise, and engage in community-focused events.
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STOBG CARES: Preserving the Environment Through Art

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Picture this: Recycled materials, paper, plastic, and even hair, shaped into a brilliant piece of art in the middle of an office. This incredible vision was created by WRAP, the Waste Reduction Art Project, to stop the cycle of building waste. Founder Yana Good Nigen established the project in February 2020, along with several talented artists, to help the world live more sustainably and positively impact the environment. BCCI Construction’s Mallory Wall is a member of WRAP’s advisory board and joined Nigen to discuss how WRAP makes a difference.

Yana Nigen

Yana Good Nigen, Founder & Executive Director, WRAP

Mallory Wall

Mallory Wall, VP of Global Services, BCCI Construction & WRAP Advisory Board Member


How did you get involved in WRAP?
Nigen: During my career in human resources, I saw disconnects between the departments that take on corporate social responsibility versus the execution level of HR and employee engagement. Coming from a background in both HR and marketing, I was able to navigate that space and bring the idea of recycling as fun and creative to the corporate culture. My thought process began with making recycling a priority for leaders and giving them the tools and know-how to implement that process into their organizations.

Wall: I learned about WRAP through a client, and she introduced Yana to me, virtually. BCCI is very big on sustainability. In construction, we tend to produce a considerable amount of waste and BCCI’s involvement with WRAP helps us understand how we can make a difference and a positive impact on our environment. Our effort is about getting the message out there and understanding waste and how waste can make art. It’s important to socialize these things internally and externally, utilizing some of our existing relationships with architects, designers, and clients. We want to continue to message anything that allows us to think outside of the box. This is one of many little things that can make a difference…and the artwork is beautiful, fun, and creative.

Nigen: I can’t thank Mallory enough for being such an advocate for WRAP. I absolutely appreciate everything Mallory does as a member of the board.

How do you find artists?
Nigen: I started calling and networking with artists I knew were great matches for WRAP. Everyone thought it was a great idea to bring in artists to get corporate clients excited about saving the planet in a fun, creative way. Our artists have such rich stories about the way they collect their art. One walks around his neighborhood in Amsterdam and collects pieces, creates sculptures, and places them throughout the community. Another creates incredible tapestries out of hair. We’re currently working on adding new artists to create that global footprint.

What does WRAP offer to companies?
Nigen: WRAP began with the idea of going into corporate offices and doing work within multiple locations. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has set us back from physically going into the offices and building art pieces. Our solution was to create virtual workshops, which we’re continuing. In fact, we hosted a virtual workshop with Zillow’s employees that was very successful. Ten thousand employees of the company participated, and they were able to create recycled art pieces with guidance from our WRAP artists. But we began with several different services, such as office augmentations in terms of furniture and design. For example, we spoke to a client with several cabinets and other furniture that they were discarding. They asked our artists if they could make something fun and creative out of these objects. From there, our artists planned and designed those specific pieces for said office. Thus, the history of how the office grew and evolved is captured in that art piece and the discarded furniture did not go into landfills. We use artwork for both corporate social responsibility and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting. WRAP artists can bring in recycled art to make the reports come alive and showcase a report’s graphics. We also have employee engagement events, host corporate mural festivals, and can create company gifts made by WRAP artists. WRAP also measures impact. We partnered with Empower, a global company based in Europe, that applies the blockchain idea to track the collection and assemblage of art pieces. For example, we host an employee engagement program at a company, and every employee contributes a portion of recycled material. Later, all these pieces are sent to the artists, and we track the entire history. It’s completely anonymous and by department. Not only is it accurate and visual, but the companies always enjoy it.

What do you enjoy most about working with WRAP?
Wall: I like the idea that we’re a team. We’re all learning to explore creative ways in which we can transform waste into something beautiful and make a positive impact. There is so much opportunity with our network of relationships, from architects and designers to owners and clients, to think outside the box and create installations for companies and public spaces that can be appreciated.

Nigen: I am so proud of the WRAP team. They’ve persevered through COVID-19, helped keep WRAP going, and continued with the virtual workshop. I’m also proud of our WRAP artists who continue to build and create art in such difficult conditions. However, we’re ready to bring in our artists to collaborate with companies and host additional mural festivals.

What’s next for WRAP?
Nigen: Our immediate plan is to get more artists on board. We’re constantly adding new artists and getting in front of as many clients as we can to bring this idea to corporate culture. We’re looking at growing an educational component where we would provide services to low-income communities, whether schools or senior living facilities, on how to create recycled art. We also value our relationship with BCCI and look forward to working more together!

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US organizations we support
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International organizations we support
11124
Hours contributed towards charity
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Non-profit organizations supported by STO Holiday Giving Back

$1.24M +

Donated to local charities

100 +

Bags full of toys donated in Toy Drives.

143

Pairs of jeans worn to raise $1,430 for multiple charities

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Bags of groceries collected, plus a $10,000 donation

We’re a family-oriented company, built on a fundamental commitment to create permanent, positive impact in the communities where we live and work.

Since our founding, creating lasting and positive impact in the communities we work in has been an essential part of our core responsibility and values. Employees frequently volunteer, participate in fundraisers, and engage in other community-focused events. We support, encourage, and recognize our employees’ brilliant efforts to help address causes and improve our communities.

We are so proud of our employees’ efforts from chairing major events to raising desperately needed funds for surgery, to building a new playground, and working with high school students interested in construction and engineering careers. Staff throughout our organization invest their time and resources to make an essential and lasting difference in people’s lives.

STOBG Local Heroes

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At STO Building Group, we celebrate our local heroes: the very men and women within the STOBG family who have proven their commitment to doing the right thing and serving the greater good. Whether near or far, on the job or in their communities, the STOBG Local Heroes go above and beyond the expected to help make the world a better place.

June 1, 2021

ACS Relay for Life

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A small group from Pavarini organized a remote event in Stamford to support Iona College’s American Cancer Society – Relay for Life organization. Along with raising awareness and a donation totaling $1,439, the team was able to spend some time together safely outdoors, in honor of those who we love and have lost.

May 5, 2021

STOBG Earth Day

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When it comes to Earth Day, STO Building Group raises a green thumbs up! Volunteers from Structure Tone New York did their part in preserving our environment by tending to sidewalk tree beds in Brooklyn.

April 22, 2021

Community, STNJ

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Year after year, Structure Tone’s New Jersey team commits their time and energy to local environmental charities, contributing to sustainable practices and conservation. They participate in the Clean Ocean Beach Sweep and team up with The Greater Newark Conservancy and New Jersey Audobon Society as a way to connect with nature and the community.

April 22, 2021

Courage Ride

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Abbott Construction has always been a fixture in its communities, from supporting local schools to joining the fight against hunger. But one of their longest-standing relationships is with the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation, who they have been supporting for over 30 years through the foundation’s annual Festival of Trees and Gala and Children’s Courage cycling fundraiser. Through the Abbott/Layton joint-venture, STO Building Group will be collaborating with the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation to create an entirely new event. The goal is to raise an additional $500,000 over the four years that the team will be working on the new children’s hospital project.

December 4, 2020

Govan Brown Bee Project

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Meet the GBeesGo to https://www.linkedin.com/posts/structure-tone_meet-the-gbees-activity-6699706407907811329-e_6p! Govan Brown is raising a colony of bees who will forage for nectar and distribute pollen within a 5km radius of their hive benefiting the biodiversity of the neighborhood. They started out with 500 bees and will end up with over 100,000 by the end of summer!

August 13, 2020

Mask Donation, STSW

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With 24-hour news coverage, social media at our fingertips, and circumstances changing by the hour, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the “bad” of the COVID-19 pandemic. But moments of crisis also bring opportunities to show up for the communities we live and build in. Here are few of the ways the offices across STOBG came together to spread hope and give back to their communities. 

April 8, 2020

St Dominic's Dinner

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Over 1,350 leaders of New York City’s business and labor industry came together to celebrate and raise money for Saint Dominic’s Family ServicesGo to http://www.sdfs.org, a nonprofit organization that helps special needs children, adolescents and adults lead productive lives. Hosted by guest emcee, WABC meteorologist Amy Freeze, the dinner raised over $1.6 million for the 140-year-old community organization. STO Building Group executive vice president Eugene Peter White is chairman of the dinner committee.

February 10, 2020

Creative Art Works

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Since 1986, Creative Art Works (CAW) has been giving under-resourced neighborhoods the opportunity to empower kids through art. By providing the materials and direction to hone career-oriented skills, actualize creativity, and engage with the community, CAW is helping young people develop the confidence and connections they need to thrive. One of their most impactful programs pairs groups of kids with artists to create lasting murals in their community. STO Building Group’s journey with CAW began 21 years ago. A client, Boston Properties, introduced the company to the cause and the STOBG team began donating office supplies, paint, brushes, ladders, and tarps to their budding summer program.

January 2, 2020