Delray Beach is on the move, in large part because of the efforts of Menin Development, specifically CEO Craig Menin, and Jordana Jarjura, president and general counsel. Jarjura’s influence is nothing if not tangible, as the former vice mayor of Delray Beach was singlehandedly responsible for adding tropical modern design to the list of approved architecture styles in the city. Her experience on the Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Board made her keenly aware of the statement that architecture can make, so when visitors and locals approach the 141-room Ray, Menin Development’s latest hotel, and gaze upon the Cube, the glass design feature that rests out front, they know that something innovative is happening to the quiet beach town. The Ray’s architect, Jose Gonzalez, founder of Gonzalez Architects in Miami, conceived and executed the Cube as a 53-foot-by-32-foot-by- 15-foot practical sculpture. “I still remember the day I came up with that,” he says. “This was a very difficult site in the sense that there are two levels of parking underneath that building, from property line to property line, so I had to solve the problem of building on top of that and managing the structure, punching down to the parking garage and still working with rooms up above. It was a bit of a Rubik’s Cube. In laying out the rooms, I wanted to maximize the exposure of the rooms to views.” The fact that Delray Beach has an ordinance mandating courtyards (“boring,” the architect says), caused Gonzalez to get inventive by merging the required event space with “a really dynamic architectural feature. You go by and say, ‘Wow, what the heck is that?’ ” Mission accomplished. “The idea,” he says, “was to create this little jewel box in the front that you would walk under, and then it would sort of float there and become a great ballroom space, and then it has a rooftop. If you notice, the rooftop on that level is different from the rooftop of the restaurant and pool, so idea is for the Cube to stand alone as a feature that could be iconic.” The Cube is semi-detached from the rest of the hotel; only the connector—the entrance and exit—is attached to the main building.

Access, exposure and opportunity. The ladder of success can be a difficult climb without them. Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law, Fort Lauderdale High School and the law firm of Conrad & Scherer understand this well, and have proven it by teaming up for an innovative philanthropic project: Pathways to Careers in Law. The initiative provides real-world experiences, mentorships and support to high school students in underserved categories who are interested in careers in law. “The mission of the Conrad & Scherer Pathways to Careers in Law is to help minority students see the vast array of opportunities available in the legal field, and, as a result, support diversity in legal careers,” says Conrad & Scherer attorney Janine McGuire. “It’s a unique public-private partnership between the high school, a prestigious law firm and a major university. When Daniel Katz, one of the magnet coordinators at Fort Lauderdale High, told us that some of his minority students didn’t even realize they could attend college, much less pursue careers in law, we knew we had to do something to help. I knew we had to reshape their thinking and open up opportunities for them to learn more about the various options in law. We are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration between three organizations in our community dedicated to law and supporting students.” The Pathways program began in February with a virtual event for Fort Lauderdale High Law Magnet Program students and their parents. The presentation was led by NSU deans and Conrad & Scherer attorneys. “During the Zoom meeting, we were really taken aback by how many parents and students were interested,” McGuire says. Then, at an April event, law magnet students had the opportunity to meet McGuire, deans and professors from NSU, as well as NSU law students and a judge.