I can’t think of any business that is as connected to a community as a construction or building-related firm. After all, you as contractors literally build and maintain communities—improving our infrastructure, handing us the keys to our dream homes, and providing us with venues to learn, play, and work.
As part of your community, many of you often take extra steps to engage and give back to the public you serve. I’m always inspired when I hear your stories. Here are three of my recent favorites:
- Every year the window washers from Millennium Building Services become true superheroes for the sick kids at Randall’s Children Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Dressed as Superman, Darth Vader, and other children’s favorites, they rappel down the hospital’s exterior, washing windows and bringing smiles to the kids inside who are fighting their own superhero battles. Check out the video of this amazing team in action.
- Working toward a proposed new office tower in downtown Seattle, Skanska invited neighbors to weigh in on ideas for an open space at the tower’s base. The area would offer the surrounding community a potential gathering place so Skanska asked for their opinion on what they’d like to see. Neighbors had plenty of ideas—ranging from a playground to a waterfall and place for summer concerts.
- DPR Hardin partnered with Make-a-Wish Georgia to bring a young Atlanta Braves fan’s wish for a tree house to reality. They pulled out all the stops for Dalton, the Make-a-Wish recipient. The impressive two-story baseball-themed treehouse also includes a “crow’s nest” overlook platform and suspension bridge! At the wish reveal event, Dalton received a certificate of occupancy, a key to unlock the treehouse, and a DPR Hardin hardhat signed by all the crew who helped build the project. Nice finishing touch!
These few examples are just a slice of what you as building contractors do to support your local communities. I’m interested in hearing more of your stories.