The Crew Weathers the Storm
Once again this year, talented members of the Colorado Division of Swinerton Builders put their time, effort, talents and energy into Rebuilding Together Metro Denver. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to rehabilitating homes for the elderly and low-income residents in the Denver area.
This year we worked on the home of Dora Wolf; an elderly widow in need of safety upgrades, as well as cosmetic repairs. New to the effort this year is the Green Energy program which included a water heater blanket, insulation, sealing of joints and other items to maximize energy efficiency.
A deluge of rain cost approximately five hours of crew time; illness and emergency led to a smaller team than originally planned. Dave Wermerskirchen had to break his perfect attendance record due to a sudden kidney stone attack. Dave was later quoted as saying, “I would much rather have been working.”
Major items included construction of an entry deck with rails for easier access, a new kitchen floor, doors and trim, as well as painting throughout and life safety items.
The workday began as early as 6:30 am on Saturday, April 24th, and ended at 8:30 pm. Workers were up early again on Sunday to finish rebuilding, starting at 7:00 am and completing the project at 5:30 pm. There was as a combined total of 163 hours for an average of 18 hours per team member. The performance of the crew and their great morale and skill under tough conditions was truly admirable.
The Crew Storms Ahead During Break in Weather
After a full week, it’s not easy to get up and go to work on a Saturday…but our Silicon Valley Division did just that again this year and all their hard work and efforts paid off
big time. Amid two rain storms it turned out to be a perfect day with team enthusiasm high, from the initial rumble of Harleys (just your standard entrance for a couple of Swinerton VP’s) to the final clean up.
Our efforts positively affected the community and more specifically the five residents of the Momentum for Health group home that we worked on. The installation of a new roof by Alcal-Arcade on the detached garage (location of storage and laundry), concrete patio area in the back yard by William P. Young Construction, new kitchen vinyl rock ceiling by Ad In, painting of all of the common areas (living, kitchen, halls, dining and family rooms), along with clean-up including window washing by all of the volunteers, brightened the entire house. The new concrete patio now provides an area for outdoor activities, which was previously just dirt, and Momentum is having outdoor furniture installed for their Clients use just in time for summer. Environmentally, we accomplished all of the work with very little debris; volunteers brought their own re-useable drinking water bottles and all paint was low-VOC.
Special thanks goes to our vendors/suppliers that donated materials and labor to this effort, which includes Tom Albanese of Central Concrete, Jim Thompson of Ad In and Ty Myers of Alcal-Arcade.
Major Kudos also goes to William P. Young for a great concrete installation and excellent BBQ lunch as a bonus. Curtis Wagner and daughter Kellie can not only finish concrete, but they cook a mean burger. Doug Westby’s wife, Rita, prepared and delivered not one, but three fresh salads and cookies for the Team to enjoy a nice lunch break.
Our thanks go out to all those that made Rebuilding Together Metro Denver and Silicon Valley a real success!