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May 6th 2020

The Build Forward Foundation continues to produce Face Shields in an effort to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for Richmond hospitals.   Build RVA produced more than 8,000 face shields at their volunteer-run maker space.  Thanks to generous community contributions, #RVASHIELD PROJECT partners have delivered 13,200 face shields free of charge to local health care professionals.

Build RVA expanded their offers of PPE to include Intubation Boxes, PAPR ( powered, air-purifying respirator) hoods, CAPR (Controlled Air Purifying Respirator hoods , and Kiwi Shields.  

“As a product incubator, the Build RVA maker space is uniquely positioned to support our community during this pandemic by innovating to meet the challenge,” said Kirk Bonner, Build RVA Board Member and volunteer. “Our mission is to help entrepreneurs and creatives develop their ideas. Nobody has a monopoly on innovation, and here we can test those concepts for real-time solutions to support our community through this crisis.”

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April 2020

Makers throughout Richmond have joined together to produce the personal protective equipment (PPE) that local hospitals need to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Responding to the nationwide shortage of PPE, the Build Forward Foundation, which operates the Build, RVA “makers space” in Scott’s Addition partnered with RVA Makers to produce plastic infection-control face shields for use at local hospitals.

 “Makers are all about finding creative solutions to problems,” said Seth Estep, director of Build, RVA. “I’m thrilled that our equipment and expertise can be useful in this challenging time.” Using laser cutting machines that are normally used by local artists, craftsmen, and startup businesses, volunteers have already produced 88 face shields to be delivered to Bon Secours - St. Mary’s Hospital.

Build RVA is prepared and well equipped to handle the assembly of more face shields and other products to meet the needs of local hospitals.

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