2007 National Housing Endowment Builder Achievement Award
for Outstanding Community Service
About the Award
The National Housing Endowment Builder Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Service was established in 2005 to honor builder, developer and remodeler members of the NAHB for their exceptional philanthropic endeavors. Recognizing community service and charitable projects that are performed by the home building industry is essential to fostering awareness among consumers that reflects the generosity of home builders and their unwavering commitment to the communities they build.
The award was established through a grant to the Endowment by Isaac Heimbinder, chairman of Rockville, MD-based Buildtopia, a provider of Web-based construction management software for home builders, and his wife, Sheila.
Healthy Families benefits from Orchard Development Group's charitable work.
Recognizing that difficult times in the home building industry haven’t dampened the charitable impulse of its members, the National Housing Endowment honored eight builders with its third annual Builder Achievement Awards for Outstanding Community Service on Feb. 13. The award ceremony took place in Orlando, FL, during the 2008 International Builders’ Show.
Click each award recipient's name for the stories about their exceptional charitable work that appeared in Nation's Building News, or click "PDF" to download a printable flyer about the winner:
Orchard Development Corporation in Ellicott City, MD, for donating a $2 million share of a mixed-income apartment development to The Columbia Foundation, an endowment funding various non-profit organizations in Howard County, MD. PDF.
John Willis Homes in Atlanta, GA, for leadership in HomeAid Atlanta, which provides transitional housing for temporarily homeless families and individuals. PDF.
Derrick Custom Homes helped build the Kriesel family a new home.
Derrick Custom Homes in New Richmond, WI, for building a handicapped-accessible home at cost for Sgt. John Kriesel, a Minnesota National Guardsman who lost both of his legs in a 2006 roadside bomb attack near Fallujah in Iraq. PDF.
Lennar Homes in Roseville, CA, for building a cottage at the River Oak Center for Children, a home for psychologically disabled kids. PDF.
Entrants were reviewed by a panel of builders and industry professionals and evaluated based on member participation, community impact, creativity and history of charitable giving. Honorees were selected from a pool of entrants that included builders, remodelers and developers.