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Swinerton Builders: May 02, 2014

Swinerton Named Exceptional Community Partner

Nearly all companies in the construction industry are committed to giving back in some way to the communities in which they work.

One excellent example of this commitment is Swinerton Builders' philosophy that "as a company and as a corporate family, we have the duty to participate in the betterment of our communities. We think that our commitments to integrity and excellence in our people - major components of our mission statement - include the responsibility to help those in need and encourage and support our employees to do likewise. This is not simply altruism on our part, but also an investment in the world around us."

This mindset and determination to give back is why CM nominated Swinerton for the Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Community Partner Award, an honor presented to an outstanding CSU community partner for notable contributions to and participation in service-learning courses, initiatives or community-based research. John Spight, a project manager at Swinerton, accepted the award on behalf of the company at the Celebrate! CSU awards ceremony on April 29.

Swinerton has been an active contributor to CM Cares since 2012 and has provided mentor-ship, assistance with securing materials and services, and donated more than $12,000 to the initiative. Swinerton's first contribution helped procure tools and necessary equipment for completion of all CM Cares projects. In 2013, the company became a project sponsor and acquired materials and tools through donations and leverage with subcontractors and suppliers in an effort to complete the Brinks Family Project.

"Swinerton is teaching our students the importance of giving back to the community and supports this notion with their actions of being involved and working alongside the students on the projects," said Kristin Haller, assistant to the CM department head. "The mentors from Swinerton help the student teams identify possible donors and how to ask for donated funds, materials and labor."

Spight, along with project executive Jared Hoeflich, is currently participating with the student team heading the Grashorn Family Project, which includes the addition of a wheelchair accessible home entrance with an outdoor shade structure to allow the family to be together outside with Gavin, a young boy unable to sit or walk. Spight has met with the students for on-site evaluations of the project scope and has been an active communicator in answering questions and providing ideas. "John has shown us how to lead by example," said Matthew Henecke, a CM senior and leader on the project. "His involvement outside the classroom has inspired me to continue this community involvement throughout my life and not just during my college career."

"It is an honor to accept this award," said Spight. "We at Swinerton are very happy to contribute to this program and see its success."

CM is particularly grateful to Swinerton and all companies involved in the life-changing work of CM Cares. Whether project sponsors, tools and materials contributors, financial donors, or volunteers, every hand has provided the foundations for these projects and is essential to success. CM is proud to see these efforts recognized by the University and the community.

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