Members of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Constructor’s Club are eager to put their construction training to meaningful use, spending multiple weekends volunteering for projects around the area.
In addition to continued support with Habitat for Humanity projects, four members of the club participated in the East Side Heart and Home Family Center’s Blitz Build on Saturday, May 13 in East St. Louis. They volunteered to assist with the construction of a four bedroom, approximately 1,200 square foot house.
“We were looking for an opportunity to help out families in need and make a difference in the community,” said Constructor’s Club president Cody Kruse, a senior from Highland. “We helped with standing and fastening interior and exterior prefabricated wall panels, which were then plumbed to ensure they were level. A second top plate was run over the walls. Tyvek Vapor barrier was wrapped around the house’s exterior. Exterior doors and windows were installed and flashed. Roof trusses were hoisted by a crane and placed on the structure according to the framing plan. Once framed, the roof was prepared for shingle installation. Additionally, a portion of the house had siding installed by the end of the day.”
Club members learned of the opportunity to assist through the local chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, as well as Korte and Luitjohan Contractors of Highland.