GMA builds more than structures; the firm helps build people who transform the communities in which its personnel live, work, and play.
Under the leadership of Cornelius Griggs, GMA serves the community by donating time, money, and expertise to numerous community service initiatives across the nation. Cornelius, having grown up in the Cabrini-Green and Austin neighborhoods, is committed to supporting organizations serving people from disadvantaged communities.
The CREATE Program
GMA established The CREATE Program in partnership with Austin College and Career Academy to support, encourage, and promote student interest in engineering careers through mentorship, educational curriculum, and real-life industry experience.
Cornelius has served as the Alumni Board Chairman for Introspect Youth Services Trio Programs. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.
Technical Assistance Program with the Illinois Tollway
GMA established the Technical Assistance Program with the Illinois Tollway. Emerging businesses receive comprehensive, customized business development assistance, build financial understanding, and business knowledge to increase stability and growth in the construction industry.
Construction Management at Kennedy-King College
Cornelius Griggs serves as the Program Chair for the Associate in Applied Science in Construction Management Program at Kennedy-King College. The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Construction Management prepares students to receive the education, training, and business knowledge necessary for employment in the construction industry.
GC Services for Project H.O.O.D. Community Center
GMA served as the General Contractor on the Project Hood Community Center. Project Hood is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to empower people with the guidance, information and tools necessary to become peacemakers, problem solvers, leaders, and entrepreneurs in their communities.