Swinerton In the News
Swinerton Builders: January 19, 2015
Construction management students unveil community service projects
Swinerton Builders is a project sponsor for CM Cares Program.
A young Timnath boy who uses a wheelchair because of a birth defect now has a place to enjoy the outdoors with his family, thanks to Colorado State University students in the CM Cares program.
The service-learning program in CSU's Department of Construction Management relies on student volunteers from all over campus as well as time and materials donated by the construction industry.
CSU students installed a wheelchair path and a pergola-covered patio at the home of Jarah and Mat Grashorn, whose 7-year-old son Gavin was born with a brain defect called agenesis of the corpus callosum. The improvements allow him to spend time outside with his parents and little brother.
"These guys are amazing, and the projects are awesome," Jarah Grashorn said. "The time, the energy, the resources that everyone puts into this work is just such a big deal to everyone receiving it."
This year's project sponsors included Swinerton Builders, FCI Constructors, Haselden Construction and ISEC Inc., along with contributions from more than 60 donors. Milwaukee Tools contributed several power tools that were especially helpful to the project teams.
"CM Cares is four years old and we've done at least three projects each spring," said Chris Lierheimer, one of the student leaders of the Grashorn project. "That's a lot of good going out into the world."
CM Cares completed two other projects last spring. One team made accessibility improvements at the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) Center in Fort Collins, constructing a ramp and making a bathroom compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
One member of that team, Jedious Aggrey, didn't realize the impact of the project he was about to undertake until he saw a woman in a wheelchair who couldn't get into the SAVA Center.
"She asked us for help, and we got her into the building," he recalled. "That's when we realized why we were doing this: We want to make a difference in this world that we're in, and it's the right thing to do."
A third team made accessibility modifications to the home of Chris Walter, including bathroom handrails, a bay window with rollout garden boxes, a new driveway and a wheelchair ramp to the backyard to allow Walter to continue his passion for gardening.
"These students have vision," said Nilia Walter, Chris' mother. "They have good ideas, and I am really glad that we got to experience that. This is a great team, and we couldn't have done this without them."
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