IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Planning, Design & Construction team build Habitat for Humanity
Fourteen people from CU-Boulder Planning, Design & Construction (PD&C) took a day off from building on campus to assist Habitat for Humanity in building a house in the Longmont community.
On a brisk Wednesday in February, volunteers headed over to a residential area just east of Longmont. Habitat for Humanity provided the tools and the site, PD&C provided a unique tool: volunteers with years and years of experience in the construction industry. Ranging from mechanical engineers to architects, the group provided invaluable expertise to the project.
JP Robb, a project manager at CU-Boulder, organized the event as an opportunity to give back to the community. "We all had a great time that Wednesday,” he said. “The home is far from complete, there’s no heat or running water, but everyone was well-prepared for a day in the cold temperatures. Once the sun warmed things up, the ground went from frozen to classic Colorado clay, making it very important to watch your footing. We got a substantial amount of work done and were left feeling like we had made a difference."
The volunteer team was split into smaller groups, each with individual tasks. At the beginning the goal was to just keep warm, but as work started, they were determined to complete as much of the work as possible. Tasks included insulating a bathroom, building and installing a porch roof, installing the main stair case, installing basing boards for cabinetry, constructing scaffolding, and much more.
“Not only was this a great experience because we are directly helping a new family learn to stand on their own feet, we also got the opportunity to truly work as a team and learn from each other,” said Bill Ward, assistant director of PD&C.
St. Vrain Valley Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is committed to improving the lives of low-income families throughout the St. Vrain Valley by helping them build and buy their own homes. Habitat offers families a hand up, not a hand out.
Robb would like to see this volunteering opportunity happen annually, at a minimum. “Hopefully this is the beginning of a long standing tradition,” said Robb.
For more information on the St. Vrain Habitat for Humanity organization, visit their website.
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