LAN Associates Crosses the Finish Line in Marathon “Habitat for Humanity” Build


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Replacing suits and ties for work boots and hardhats, volunteers from LAN Associates spent a day in Newburgh, New York last Friday where they rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty to take part in the annual Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh 2018 Home Builder’s Blitz to construct two residences in just five days!

The team of LAN volunteers, consisting of architects, engineers, and design professionals from the Goshen and Midland Park offices, helped construct the two attached homes at 21 and 23 Johnson Street, in the City of Newburgh, New York.

“This is an event that serves a greater good and its impact makes a difference for so many people,” said Jim Diana, AIA, Project Manager at LAN Associates. “It is a challenging task to complete construction in only five days, but a fun one to be a part of. Getting our architects and engineers out from behind the desk and on site for the day really helps fuel their creativity and passion, while also giving back to the local community. We are proud to be a part of this year’s Blitz and we wish the families nothing but happy and loving memories in their new home.”

The newly constructed homes will be purchased by two local Habitat homebuyer families. Both families volunteered throughout the week and were thrilled to see their four-bedroom homes go up in just five days. They express their gratitude to Habitat Newburgh and all volunteers for their hard work, dedication and commitment over the last several months of planning and five days of construction.

LAN provided mechanical design consultation services to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh that will become a prototype for all future mechanical system designs and equipment selections specified for the organization.

Cathy Collins, Habitat Newburgh Executive Director, said, “Building two houses in five days is miraculous, but the Home Builders Blitz wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and collaboration of our partners. We are grateful for the continued support of LAN Associates on this and other Habitat Newburgh projects.”

The Habitat Builder’s Blitz is a weeklong construction build that took place June 4-8, with the support of a variety of volunteer professionals. This is the second year LAN has participated in the Builder’s Blitz. In 2016, the LAN team assisted with providing plans and sending a volunteer team to a neighboring three-story mixed-use building in Newburgh, NY.

More information on this year’s build can be found below:

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