Curbell Plastics' Donations Support Design LAB: Learn And Build

Material donations help students imagine, create, and build 3-D Models in a program that teaches design and build skills

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Beth Summers
Curbell Plastics, Inc.
716-667-3377 x7439

Orchard Park, NY, February 24, 2016 – The Cincinnati location of Orchard Park-based Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, adhesives, sealants, and prototyping materials, has partnered with Design LAB, a free educational program offered to area kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. Curbell Plastics supplied materials including foam board, corrugated plastic, and expanded PVC sheets for design projects. 

Design LAB: Learn And Build is a Cincinnati in-classroom, hands-on, project-based design education program tailored to broaden and deepen student awareness, appreciation, and active participation in our built environment. Local built environment professionals (architects, engineers, contractors, designers) team with educators to guide students through an age appropriate real-world, themed design problem that emphasizes the development of research and observation, organization, critical-thinking, problem solving, verbal and visual communication, creative expression, and presentation skills. Design LAB, which serves nearly 1900 students, is a program of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati in association with AIA Cincinnati.

The partnership with Curbell Plastics Cincinnati began in early 2015. The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati (AFC) purchased acrylic for Design LAB: Learn And Build to use for their student award plaques. A conversation about the Design LAB program led to an initial donation of 3265 lbs. of plastic sheet materials by Curbell Plastics that went directly to Design LAB educators for their student projects and model-making. In order to get the donated materials in the hands of the Design LAB educators, AFC recommended using ZeroLandfill Cincinnati, an organization they partner with as their collection and distribution channel. ZeroLandfill Cincinnati gathers and distributes reusable materials to educational programs in the local area in an effort to divert them from landfills. The donated materials were almost gone in three weeks. The partnership with AFC has continued; and to date, Curbell Plastics has donated approximately 8000 lbs. of foam board, 2000 lbs. of corrugated plastic, and 6000 lbs. of expanded PVC to the Design LAB K-12 education program.

According to Scott Brown, Warehouse Supervisor for Curbell Plastics Cincinnati, “Design LAB is a wonderful program for students to explore so many aspects of creativity, design, building, engineering and more. We were very happy to donate these materials to support the program and give kids more material options for their designs. We are also thrilled to be able to share additional materials with the educational community through ZeroLandfill Cincinnati, where they are used for local student projects, rather than adding to our country’s landfill.” 

Catrina Kolshorn, Educational Director of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati added, “Access to additional materials is so critical for our students to build their 3-D models and Curbell Plastics has been so generous with their donations. The students have taken advantage of every material down to the pallets that the donation arrived on. This partnership helps us expand our reach into additional classrooms by providing more resources for teachers and students.” 

Curbell Plastics, Inc. strategy of investing for the long term and focusing on customer needs has led the organization to grow from a small machine shop to one of the nation’s leading suppliers of plastic materials serving commercial and industrial customers since 1942. Curbell not only supplies plastic materials in nearly every form for thousands of commercial businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies but also provides innovative services, creative problem solving, and next-day delivery. Curbell Plastics has ISO 9001 certification for nine of their locations and corporate headquarters as well as ITAR and EAR compliance. A subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., Curbell Plastics is a privately held company with a 70-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.