This past weekend, I spent Saturday volunteering at Habitat for Humanity’s new Corvallis project. We spent the day finishing up the main floor decking and back filling the foundation to get the house ready for Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build this week. The new site is on 5th street and “B” street in Corvallis (near Western blvd.) and will consist of 4 modest, affordable homes built to fit in with the architectural character of the neighborhood. I am excited to be able to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide decent, affordable housing in Benton County. Please consider joining us on a future work day and learning about construction while helping improve your community.

–       Carl

Carl and Greg Frame new Pumphouse

As Seen in the Thursday November 15th Green Belt Land Trust Newsletter:

Carl and Greg volunteered to build a new well pump house for Greenbelt land trust.

 

VOLUNTEERS + CHRISTIANSON CONSTRUCTION
Building a Pump House for Greenbelt Land Trust

On a cold Saturday morning two great volunteers from Christianson Construction headed out to Lupine Meadows to construct a much-needed pump house for Greenbelt … how cool is that?!

At this time of the year we often pause to give thanks to those who enrich our lives and communities…THANK YOU Greenbelt Volunteers!

 

Last weekend, we volunteered at Habitat for Humanity’s Philomath build site for the Luque Family. We framed walls for a new home on 530 N 12th Street in Philomath. The home has about 800 square feet downstairs, and an equal amount upstairs. There will be four bedrooms upstairs. Habitat is also pouring foundations for a single floor home on the same site. The next steps will be to set the floor joists and start framing the second floor walls. I had a great time onsite and enjoyed the good weather. Please come out and join us if you are interested in learning some of the skills involved in home construction. You can sign up on Habitat’s volunteer calendar: http://www.bentonhabitat.org/volunteer/index.php

-Carl

A thank you card we received from Kelsey at Habitat for Humanity for our support at the Women’s Build project in Philomath, Oregon.

“Carl, Tanner, and G. Christianson Construction Co,
Thank you very much for your support of Benton Habitat for Humanity and Women Build. Your construction expertise was a valuable contribution. The Women Build participants were able to learn much through your teaching. Your sponsorship that allowed us to provide lunch for the volunteers was also greatly appreciated. Thank you for your tremendous support!
Sincerely, Kelsey”

Today, G. Christianson Construction donated our lead carpenter Tanner’s time for a full day supervising the site. Tanner is busy overseeing a group of volunteers hanging siding, building a deck and painting.

Last weekend, G. Christianson Construction volunteered with Habitat for Humanity’s National Women’s Build Week event in Philomath. On Saturday, I helped with siding and on Sunday I volunteered as the project’s site supervisor. We also donated $250 to support the construction effort.

This year Habitat is re-siding a home in Philomath to help keep a single mother with three children in her home. The house’s old T1-11 siding was installed directly onto the framing with no vapor barrier or sheathing, the only thing that would keep water out is the caulk around the windows. As you can guess, this caulk had failed and water was coming in around her windows in every rainstorm. This project will replace her windows, install new siding, insulation, trim and paint her house. We are excited to be helping out.

Supervising at Habitat for Humanity

–          Carl

One of the local organizations we support is Corvallis Audubon, since 1993 they have been developing a nature center on Oak Creek Road. The Hesthavn nature center has walking trails and a temporary bridge to connect to the west side of Oak Creek. Unfortunately, the temporary bridges are very unstable and not high enough to cross when the creek is flowing strongly. We are offering to help the Audubon society by building the bridges at cost.

Local Engineer James DiNardo has volunteered the preliminary design. The bridges would each have a clear span of 40’ over the creek and set on strong concrete abutments. The plan is to carry each glulam from the road to the creek and set them across the creek with a mini-excavator. Then the excavator will dig for each abutment. Following that, we will form and pour the concrete with a concrete line pump. Next, we will bring back the mini-excavator to set the beams onto the abutments and build up the gravel path to the bridges. After that, our carpenters will secure the beams and install the decking and handrails. We are planning to minimize our disturbance to the meadows, trails and creek bed by using rubber tracked equipment, pre-planning our activities and working in August.

According to the Corvallis Gazette Times article “the Audubon Society of Corvallis is raising money to build two bridges to cross Oak Creek, which would create a looped-trail into the wooded area of the land.

“It’s just such a stark contrast and all on the same property,” Atkisson said, looking at the prairie area and then glancing across the creek at the growth of fir, cedar, maple and oak trees. “It would just be so much nicer to have a loop.”

The project will cost between $15,000 and $20,000, which will go toward hiring a structural engineer, building permits, building costs and other requirements such as a handrail and flood studies.” Read more at: http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/bridges-to-the-future/article_27fade55-1504-52e0-ae35-ff7ca86fc702.html#ixzz1sc53pYPN

Audubon Hesthavn’s page: http://www.audubon.corvallis.or.us/hesthavn.shtml

HOW TO HELP

Those interested in making a donation can send tax-deductible cash or checks to the Audubon Society of Corvallis, P.O. Box 148, Corvallis, OR 97339. Those interested in volunteering their time for Hesthavn Nature Center can do so by contacting volunteerasc@gmail.com.

– Carl

 

Last Saturday G. Christianson Construction volunteered at Habitat for Humanity’s Philomath home site. We helped to set a kitchen sink and then we worked on modifying the home’s overhangs to meet the city’s property line requirements. Progress is coming along nicely, other volunteers painted the exterior of the homes, installed baseboard, and installed tile in the bathrooms. As always, we had a good time, especially when the new Oregon State University Habitat for Humanity student group brought pizza for all.

We strongly support Habitat’s mission and so do some of our subcontractors such as Dan George Drywall and M&W Electric. M&W Electric has been volunteering over many years, wiring 26 of the local habitat homes. Habitat’s website explains their mission as: “Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone on earth deserves a safe, decent place to live. In equal partnership, volunteers from ALL walks of life, ALL income levels, ALL perspectives and ALL belief systems choose to put down their differences and pick up a hammer to help hard-working, low-income families break the cycle of poverty and build not only homes, but hope!Habitat for Humanity International has built more than 400,000 houses around the world, providing more than 2 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.”

The project has opportunities for all skill levels, we would love to see you at the site.

A Corvallis couple asked us to build a handicap ramp for their home to meet their future mobility needs. We investigated installing a pressure treated wood ramp, but decided that a concrete ramp would be a better long term option and require less maintenance. One of our local subcontractors Double Eagle Construction Company http://doubleeagleconstruction.com/index.html wanted to give back to the community and decided they will donate the cost of the concrete and the labor to install and finish it.

Double Eagle Construction has been serving Western Oregon since 1984. Concrete construction is the only thing they do, from high end residential to commercial and industrial work. Double Eagle can even do beautiful concrete countertops for your kitchen or bathroom.

We modeled the ramp in Google Sketchup to help the homeowner envision how this ramp would fit in their yard. Greg Christianson’s certified aging in place training also helped. He modified the design so that the ramp will be partially underneath the home’s overhangs to reduce ice in the winter. The model also helped us prevent a conflict with their carport’s structural posts before we started construction. We plan on starting this project next week and will provide regular updates.

Existing sidewalk and front porch steps

 

New handicap ramp design

 

Double Eagle Concrete Company

G. Christianson Construction spent Saturday January 28th volunteering at Habitat for Humanity’s Philomath project. This past weekend, we trenched and installed conduit to provide power to the duplex. I must admit, this may not have been the best time for trenching because the ground was very muddy. We weren’t deterred by the mud and completed the task, so the power company should be able to provide power to the homes shortly. While it may have been easier to wait to install the utilities, Habitat decided that power is going to be necessary to heat the homes before installing the interior finishes.

The weather was again great at the 12th street project and we had a great time with the other volunteers including a group of guys from FIJI House.

Benton Habitat for Humanity is a program that supports local low income people by building and then selling low-cost homes at zero percent interest rates. The low income home buyers are required to provide sweat equity. We support their mission by volunteering and donating building materials to the Habitat Re-store.

“Benton Habitat for Humanity is a countywide, ecumenical ministry that seeks to eliminate sub-standard housing and to make decent shelter a matter of action and conscience. By having people from all income levels work together in equal partnership, Habitat builds new relationships and a sense of community, as well as new housing.”

Last Saturday, G. Christianson Construction volunteered at Habitat for Humanity’s Philomath home building project. The 12th street duplex is making great progress, the drywall texturing was just completed and the siding is in progress. We helped install HardiePlank lap siding on the east side of the home. The weather was beautiful and we had a good time with the other volunteers.

Benton Habitat for Humanity is a program that supports local low income people by building and then selling low-cost homes at zero percent interest rates. The low income home buyers are required to provide sweat equity. We support their mission by volunteering and donating building materials to the Habitat Re-store.

“Benton Habitat for Humanity is a countywide, ecumenical ministry that seeks to eliminate sub-standard housing and to make decent shelter a matter of action and conscience. By having people from all income levels work together in equal partnership, Habitat builds new relationships and a sense of community, as well as new housing.”

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