CertainTeed Employees Roll Up Their Sleeves to Assist Homes for Our Troops

CertainTeed Corporation, along with employees from its Kansas City, Kansas, insulation plant and professional partners are rolling up their sleeves to assist Homes for Our Troops (HFOT). HFOT is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes for severely injured Veterans. The latest team effort shows support and appreciation for a local Lee’s Summit, Missouri Veteran.
 
CertainTeed offers a portfolio of roofing, insulation, drywall, siding, housewrap and trim for builds across the U.S. CertainTeed’s involvement also extends to employees actively participating in HFOT local community events, as well as builder, distributor, and company contractor partners who assist with product delivery and installation.
 
Due to the proximity to the company’s insulation manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Kansas, local CertainTeed employees are able to do even more for Marine Sgt. Dustin Johns, taking action along with more than 150 people to assist with landscaping and other exterior beautification details during Volunteer Day. Several supporters, including long-time Kansas builder and HFOT partner Sallee Homes of Lee’s Summit, was on hand when the home was officially presented to the Johns family during the formal Key Ceremony.
 
A technician with the 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Company, Sgt. Johns was clearing an area of explosive hazards in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan on November 12, 2011 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the amputation of both legs and two fingers on his right hand.
 
He was fitted with prosthetics for both legs, but learning to walk again is only one challenge of day-to-day life. Sgt. Johns’ mortgage-free home provided by HFOT is specially designed to accommodate his needs and is a crucial step in helping his family rebuild their lives.
 
“When we heard about Homes for Our Troops building a home so near our largest insulation manufacturing facility, our staff, both at the corporate and local level, were excited at the chance to do more than usual for the local hero,” said Greg Silvestri, president of CertainTeed Insulation. “Everyone who has touched this project, from our builder, distributor and contractor partners to the employees at the plant to our company sales territory managers, have expressed their thankfulness for being able to step in, and eagerness to participate in another build when the opportunity presents itself.”
 
In conjunction with CertainTeed, Insulate America has participated in a number of builds since becoming involved with HFOT in the past few years.
 
“We do charitable work within the communities that we serve. Whether that’s a check, or with some hands on work. It’s rewarding when you come to the home that is being built for one of our Veterans to see the impact and the community coming together,” said David Beam, president of Insulate America. “It’s a small token of appreciation for their sacrifice and our freedom.”

This was the first time A+ Insulation, an Insulate America member contractor from Edwardsville, Kansas, provided installation services for a HFOT build.

“I really had no idea the lengths Homes for Our Troops goes through to personally customize each home to benefit the life of each deserving Veteran. It’s amazing,” said Mike O’Hara, president of A+ Insulation. “And CertainTeed Sales Territory Manager John Larkin was wonderful to work with, making it easy to complete the insulation installation on schedule.”
 
Since its founding in 2004, HFOT has built more than 220 mortgage-free, specially adapted energy-efficient homes for Veterans severely injured in combat after September 11, 2001. Each four-bedroom, two-bath home is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, complete with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. Construction of a home takes six to seven months, with the cost of each build averaging $430,000.
 
To learn more about CertainTeed’s Homes for Our Troops partnership, visit www.certainteed.com/followtheproject.

National Association of Women in Construction Recognizes 2016 Award Winners

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) announces winners of its Future Leader of the Year, Member of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The mission of the awards is to recognize outstanding efforts of NAWIC members. The Future Leader of the Year Award is presented to a new member of NAWIC who has been actively involved in the association throughout her first two years. The Member of the Year Award is given to a NAWIC member who has been actively involved in association activities throughout the current NAWIC Year. The Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize the lifetime contribution of a NAWIC member to the association. All three awards will be presented during NAWIC’s 61st Annual Meeting and Education Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The 2016 Future Leader of the Year Award winner is Sondra Friestad, a member of NAWIC’s Fresno, Calif. Chapter. Friestad is a project manager with Highlands Diversified Inc. and the owner of iKlectic Muse! She serves as vice president, public relations and marketing chair and social sidelines events chair of her chapter. She rekindled her chapter’s relationship with the local builders’ exchange and has organized a blueprint-reading seminar, landscaping for a local nonprofit safe house, a Women Build week, and a Mardi Bra donation event.

Carol L. Chapman, CIT is recognized as NAWIC’s 2016 Member of the Year. Chapman is the owner of Mobile Construction Co. and a past national president of NAWIC. Since joining the Charlotte, N.C. Chapter in 1991, she has been an active member. She is currently serving as NAWIC’s South Atlantic Region Membership chair. This year she has recruited 11 new members for her chapter and earned her Red Rose Recruiter jacket. She also helped organize a Construction Career Day event for more than 600 students.

The winner of NAWIC’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award is Pam Dullum, PE, CCA. A member of NAWIC since 1985, Dullum is currently a member of NAWIC’s Greater Phoenix, Ariz. Chapter. She has served as a region director, held every office on her chapter’s board and chaired eight chapter committees, two region committees and one national committee. She mentors women in the construction industry, volunteers with the American Council for Construction Education, helped revamp the NAWIC Education Foundation’s CCA program, interviews scholarship applicants for NFSF and much more. She is a Senior Forensic Civil Engineer with Gervasio & Assoc. Inc.

Friestad, Chapman and Dullum will be honored at the NAWIC Awards Gala.