COVID-19 has changed a lot in your daily life. More work is being done from home, six-feet apart is the new normal, and time with others is limited.
Although it looks different this year, MCL’s commitment to our community has not changed. Over the next few months, MCL volunteers will be building a brand-new, 2,300 square foot, five-bedroom, two-bath home for a local, deserving family.
It is one of six homes that will be built through this year’s Habitat for Humanity Pro Build. Out of respect for safety regulations and compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, the Pro Build is a socially distant version of the annual Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build. The Blitz was a one-week super build where hundreds of contractors and volunteers partnered to build a block of homes in a short timeline.
This year, each home is spaced out, Pro Builders are constructing the homes rather than community volunteers, and there is a longer timeline on the project.
This is MCL’s 9th year participating in the build and despite changes, it’s a project we look forward to each year. Led by MCL Project Engineers Sam Howe, Jack Nelson, and Nate Hogberg, we plan to have our home finished by October and ready for a new family to turn our work into their home.
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This is the sixth straight year MCL Construction has participated in the program. The home is being sold to Nyayop. She is a native of South Sudan and has lived in Omaha since 1999. Nyayop has six children. Before she could purchase the Habitat for Humanity home, she was required to contribute up to 350 hours of sweat equity on Habitat for Humanity construction sites. Habitat for Humanity of Omaha only requires a $500 down payment to close on one of their affordable loans.
"Handing over the keys and seeing the excitement and appreciation in the eyes of the family makes all of the hard work, stress, and long hours worth it," said Howe, who directed his first Builders Blitz for MCL Construction. "It is a humbling experience and one that I am honored to have been a part of."
This year's Builders Blitz is the start of a transformation for the Adams Park neighborhood. More than 20 new homes will be constructed on adjacent streets in the next two years.
MCL Construction in Omaha, Nebraska is committed to employee engagement and developing leaders for tomorrow's building environment. Project Manager Fernando Gutierrez and Project Engineer Sam Howe recently completed the AGC-Nebraska Building Chapter Leadership Academy, a program designed to foster emerging leaders to achieve extraordinary results.
"The instructors of this course were very passionate about leadership and the importance of strong leaders in business and life. Having instructors like that made the class very enjoyable and a great learning experience. I also liked how engaged the classes were. It was extremely beneficial to hear the other participants experiences and viewpoints on leadership. Throughout this class I was able to get to know myself as a leader, what I need to work on, and the kind of leader I want to be. After completing this class, I feel I have a strong foundation and the tools to grow and be a great leader," said Howe.
Each person participating in the AGC Leadership Academy was tasked with developing a "Model The Way" project. Howe is leading MCL Construction's Habitat for Humanity Builders Blitz efforts. Guiterrez is working on establishing informational sessions for young women at the high school level to engage them in career opportunities in construction. These planned meetings mirror Guiterrez's definition of leadership.
"Leadership to me is having the human connection and emotional intelligence to reach people on a personal level and inform them of the common goal. Being clear and concise enough to let the people around you know not only what the end goal is but why the goal needs to be accomplished and why the efforts of everyone are necessary to get there," said Guiterrez.
MCL Construction is a Construction Manager/General Contractor located in Omaha, Nebraska, and is celebrating its 30th year in business in 2017. It is a Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award winner for innovation.