It was a cold but sunny Saturday morning when a “crew” of ERC employees from JETS came together to work on part of a home that is being built for a needy family in Texas City. When we first arrived on site, we were given our assignment for the day: build the storage shed in the back yard and help finish the framing on the eaves on the back of the house.
The construction forman took us to the cement slab that had been poured, then showed us the multiple piles of wood we would need, along with buckets of nails, hammers and ladders…and then we were off! Peter McCloud, Aerospace Engineer by day and handyman at home, took the lead on laying out the studs for the frame, then we all started hammering away. Because of the recent rain in Texas, we had to build each of the four walls on the driveway, then carry the frame to the back of the house. After the frame was built, we started work on the exterior walls. Not only did each panel of the exterior wall have to line up perfectly with the studs, each panel had to be hammed in securely at regular intervals – it was quite a task!
At the end of the afternoon, we were all completely worn-out and muddy, but so proud to see the completed shed, and a good start on the eaves. This Habitat build was such a rewarding project for our team. We were honored to represent ERC at this build!