For Brenna O’Connor, a 13-year-old with dreams of being a singer, cerebral palsy made it hard to get around her home. She uses a wheelchair, and her home needed some modifications to allow her to get around on her own.
The Home Builders Foundation, a Denver nonprofit that aims to help people like Brenna and her family be more independent, took on the project, which got a boost from the Colorado chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. AGC held its 100th annual convention in April and wanted to commemorate the event with a philanthropic project. No fewer than 28 partners came together to complete the O’Connors’ project, including HBF’s network and members of AGC of Colorado.
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Page Southerland Page provided the design, while KL&A re-engineered the sheer wall between Brenna’s bedroom and the living room. Pinyon Environmental completed all environmental reporting required for Longmont’s permitting. Other HBF and AGC partners donated their time and services to complete electrical, mechanical, plumbing, framing, drywall, and finishes.
“When we met Brenna and her family, we understood how, like any teenage girl, Brenna wants to be more self-reliant,” Bryan Cook, chapter operations director for AGC of Colorado, said in a statement. “It is rewarding to see how a construction project has the ability to make such an impactful difference in people’s lives.”
Construction started in February and was completed in April. HBF hosted a dedication ceremony on Monday.
“This was a great project for AGC of Colorado’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. They have vastly improved Brenna’s independence and quality of life, and we are thrilled to have them as a part of our HBF community,” Beth Forbes, HBF executive director, noted in a statement.