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Habitat for Humanity recognizes key contributors

A team from Eshelman Construction lifts in a large window for the Lavender home.
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Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley recognizes three key contributors to the affiliate’s success in 2013. Helping local families in need of an affordable home takes a village, with volunteers (individuals and businesses) and donors being two of the key pillars to making progress.

Volunteer of the Year is Scott McHale. McHale has been Habitat’s volunteer architect for six years. He has led the design of 11 local Habitat homes. All of this time, McHale has shown an incredible compassion for Habitat’s homeowner partners and their needs and desires. He has endeavored to create functional, durable and great-looking homes, always designing homes that are equal to or better than the nicest homes wherever Habitat builds, and certainly more green and sustainable. This past year, he spearheaded the team that designed the first anticipated LEED Platinum home on the Western Slope.

McHale is currently putting the finishing touches on the plans for two more homes in Carbondale, where he lives, for the Snell and Davis families. When he is not spending his nights and weekends volunteering for Habitat, McHale works for Rowland & Broughton Architecture, a firm based in Aspen and Denver.



Brikor Associates is one of two business partners of the year. Brikor, a leading high-end home builder in Aspen, has once again led the way in salvaging and re-purposing materials from home remodels and demos. Led by Briston Peterson and his team, including Chris Madigan and Bob Brownlee, Brikor also made donations from several projects. In 2013, Brikor directed a significant volume of materials to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, including furniture, appliances, cabinets, barn-wood siding, 100-year-old oak beams, flooring, doors and windows. Brikor has been committed to repurposing materials and sparing the landfill. With the stream of high quality materials, Brikor has been instrumental in helping Habitat’s ReStore here in the Roaring Fork Valley to be the second biggest ReStore in the state, surpassed only by the metro area Denver stores. Special thanks to Brikor client donors: The Mellos, Prestons, Breners and Roths.

Eshelman Construction is the other business partner of the year. Habitat’s motto, with the focus on safety, is “A good day is when no one gets hurt, and a great day is when no one gets hurt and we make progress on home-building.” Thad Eshelman brought a new level of production and excitement to Habitat. With Eshelman and his team “we had an awesome day” on the building site. When Eshelman showed up, twice, there was amazing progress; so much so that CBS4 News came up from Denver and filmed, http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/10/28/a-first-habitat-for-humanity-building-home-for-paralyzed-man/. On the first blitz build day, Eshelman led his crew of 12 pros and installed all five shed roofs. On the second day, he and eight pros installed all 14 windows. With the Eshelman Construction team’s spirit and generosity, the Lavender home changed virtually overnight and morphed in front of our eyes. Eshelman’s belief in making a difference in our community is remarkable. We are grateful to have him as Habitat secret (well, now not so secret) weapon.




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