FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 31, 2013
Contact: Howard Fortunato 302-678-1520 x 101
Home Builders and Students Assist a Senior Citizen
A ribbon cutting ceremony on October 25, at Syracuse Drive, Newark, celebrated a 10-month collaboration of professional builders, engineers, an occupational therapist, and high school students from across the state.
The Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE) Associate Council have teamed up with administrators, teachers, and students at Hodgson Vo-Tech School on a project to benefit an elderly homeowner who needed a ramp for her home.
“The ramp, using Aging-in-Place and universal design concepts, is assisting a 92-year-old resident who uses a power scooter to safely enter and exit her home,” said Howard Fortunato, executive vice president of HBADE from his Dover office.
The Ramp Design and Construction Program was conceived by the HBADE Associates Council last January as a way to work with high school students studying design, drafting and carpentry to assist an older adult.
The ramp was built inside the home’s garage. All of the work was completed by volunteers and sponsors and has passed final permit inspection.
“The ribbon cutting ceremony not only marked the project’s completion, but also the synergy among HBADE, its Associate Council members, other professionals, and high school instructors and students,” said Mr. Fortunato.
A big time thanks to our Associates Council and members of HBADE whose sponsorship and volunteer of their time make this project a reality:
- Members of the Associates Council of HBADE – most notably Jim McCulley, Debra Young, John Johnson and Mike Janis. (Pictured here left to right Howard Fortunato, John Johnson, Debra Young, Jim McCulley)
- Prepare and secure building permit – Matt Egan of Cornell Homes
- Secure and Donate Ramp Materials – Jon Long of LC Homes and John Shone of Shone Lumber
- Construction Management – Brian Rickards, Benchmark Builders (Pictured below)
- Refreshments sponsor – Jim and Jacki McCulley, Watershed Eco LLC
HBADE has been HBADE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947, when it was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders. It represents home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware’s Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.