ASCE Centennial Habitat for Humanity House

As part of this year’s Centennial celebrations, the Texas Section of ASCE partnered with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity to sponsor a “green” house. The house’s unique design features include inverted trusses, spray foam insulation, clerestory windows, and a rainwater harvesting system. Volunteers participated in builds every Saturday from September 14th through November 16th.

The dedication for the house took place on Saturday, December 14th. Edgar Monroy and his daughter, Kassie, will be the new residents at 1626 Bickers Street. Although the house won’t be completed until February of next year, the dedication provided a great opportunity to celebrate with Edgar and to recognize volunteers and sponsors who made the house possible. At the dedication ceremony, Edgar was presented with several gifts, including a Bible, a tool box to maintain his new home, flowers as a symbol of new growth, and a bag of environmentally friendly cleaning supplies. After the ceremony, attendees enjoyed cake as well as hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by Jack Furlong.

Sponsors for the Centennial house include: ASCE Texas Section, Big City Crushed Concrete, TXI Inc., CH2M Hill, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Richard Furlong, Langermann Foster Engineering Co., Sterling Construction Company, ASCE Region 6, Eric L. Davis Engineering, and Rinker Materials. These companies or individuals donated services, construction materials, or made financial contributons that made it possible for the Texas Section to sponsor the house. Additionally, volunteers donated in total upwards of 1,500 man-hours to the house. Many thanks to all volunteers who have participated in the Centennial Build!

-Ashlyn Kelby, EIT – Kimley-Horn and Associates