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The 2015 Builders' Challenge

Habitat Philadelphia Builders' Challenge

The 2015 Builders' Challenge

For the second year in a row, six local construction companies and over 75 volunteers converged on a single block, challenging each other to completely frame five new Habitat for Humanity homes in just three days.  The Builders’ Challenge happened on the 1900 block of Turner Street in North Philadelphia, where Habitat Philadelphia’s new five-home development called Hope Village is rising on what used to be an empty lot. 

Each of the builders and the union donated their time and expertise to the project—a contribution all the more valuable because for the construction industry business is booming again in the Philadelphia region. The collective efforts of these builders saved Habitat for Humanity four months of construction time and $50,000 on the production of these sustainable, energy-efficient homes, helping Habitat to keep the homes affordable once they are sold to families.  “We’re proud to work with local builders again for the 2015 Builders’ Challenge,” said Frank Monaghan, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia.  “The event is a tremendous boost for Habitat Philadelphia and will help us get these families into their homes sooner.  Two partner families will purchase and move into their homes by the December holidays.  This project highlights what we can accomplish when Habitat partners with the local construction community.”

On Turner Street, teams rising to the challenge included the Carpenters Union Local 1073, Dale Corporation, Champ’s Angels, Lowther’s Contracting, LLC, and Marsh Construction & Remodeling.  Lowther’s Contracting donated an additional day of work to install the windows, doors and exterior insulation of their assigned home, in addition to framing.

Watch a timelapse video of the houses going up below!