It’s no secret that the summers in Arizona are dangerously rough, even for the most robust people. With temperatures creeping up to the triple digits, life on the streets of Arizona go from unbearable to deadly. Throughout the state, an average of 118 people die every day from excessive heat, 95 percent of those deaths occur between May and September. Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Code: Red collects donations of water and basic necessities to help ease the life of the homeless.  With safety being a core value at Southland, we were presented the opportunity to give back to the city through Code: Red. Without hesitation, we joined in to help.

The social committee of Southland’s Phoenix office began meeting in 2015 to offer ideas that could bring Southland employees and the Phoenix community together. During a meeting that summer,  I presented the opportunity to partner with The Phoenix Rescue Mission to donate water bottles and other goods. The decision was immediately agreed upon, and excitement was generated throughout the office as soon as it was announced.

Two weeks after we announced the water drive, I learned that a homeless man succumbed to the summer conditions near my wife’s work.  He was found dead from heat stroke in a shaded area along with his dog which was severely dehydrated.  This unfortunate news only emphasized the need for the water drive. That summer, with about 35 full-time office staff, we were able to collect 2,550 donated water bottles and an array of sun protection goods, such as sun block, hats, lip balm, etc.

The following summer, with more staff and more excitement, the office was able to generate a total donation of 5,078 water bottles.  That was more than twice the limit as the previous year!  Though, not to be outdone, this year the Phoenix office was able to proudly donate 5,678 water bottles to the Phoenix Rescue Mission to help support their cause of helping the homeless and needy citizens of Arizona. This has become a permanent tradition of the Phoenix office. Our expectation is always to have a greater donation than the year before. Our goal for 2018 is to break 6,000. As we continue to see the impact of our work for the city, I have no doubt that we can achieve our goals and transform the city of Phoenix.



  • David Shuler

    Project BIM Lead

    As a Project Building Information Modelling (BIM) Lead for Southland Engineering’s Phoenix office, David is responsible for managing the BIM content and processes, along with document control during the design phase of projects and the transition from BIM to constructability where needed.  David is the BIM lead for a confidential data center in Arizona, as well as a confidential aerospace project in Colorado.  Outside of his BIM duties, David also serves on the Social Committee, Emergency Response Team, and Office Safety Committee. David is also the representative for Southland Engineering in a sponsorship with a local high school that Southland currently supports athletic and S.T.E.M. related academic programs, along with guest speaking to students about BIM and career exploration.

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