Shiel Sexton’s first annual Beyond the Build employee owners celebration week ended on a high note with a company-wide Day of Service on September 29th.   Beyond the Build was designed to reflect on the past year of accomplishments, recharge and prepare our employees for the opportunities ahead and to honor the shared purpose and meaning of what we do – beyond the act of building. One of the three main focuses of the week, was to look outside of Shiel Sexton and give back to our communities through a Day of Service. The Shiel Sexton Indianapolis constructed a playground and pavilion for the Dove Recovery House, a non-profit organization that houses women struggling with substance abuse. Since a lot of the women are mothers, it was necessary to build a place where they can socialize and spend time with their families in a safe and private area.

Many Shiel Sexton employees, from both the office and field, came out to make a difference in the community. There were a total of 76 vounteers – 44 morning volunteers and 21 afternoon volunteers and 11 people that committed to a full day shift. In all, there was almost 350 dedicated hours of volunteering on the Day of Service! Not to mention many, many hours in prepping and planning the site leading up to the day of service.

Family, friends, and other companies helped volunteer at the Dove Recovery House, too. Vision Painting and SSC Concrete donated supplies and materials, Carter Lumber donated the pavilion framing wood, Crown Concrete Cutting donated tools drilling the fence and pavilion posts, Gaylor Electric donated circuits and switching for the pavilion lighting and power, Ray’s Trash Service donated dumpsters, B&R Services donated portable toilets, BAM provided equipment, Globe Paving provided asphalt patches, and FastSigns Northeast provided exterior signage.

Shiel Sexton’s Charlotte office volunteered at Theatre Charlotte on Friday, September 29th, to spruce up the exterior of the building. This included removing old landscape timbers, painting the building, re-glazing and painting windows, trimming hedges, planting plants, painting patio furniture and railing, regrouting the slate patio, and pine needles in the planting beds. There were over 30 volunteers split up into two shifts over the course of the day from 8 am to 7:30 pm.

A huge thanks to those who helped make this event possible for the Charlotte team. Clients from our 511 Queens job site, friends, family, and subcontractors all gave time and materials to the renovation efforts. Johnson Roofing replaced Theatre Charlotte’s soffit and gutters, Efficient Contractors pressure washed the build and secured paint, Sherwin Williams supplied all of the paint, SGE Landscape Group supplied landscape materials, and Charlotte Mechanical installed a new waterline.

This was an incredibly rewarding end to the first annual Beyond the Build 2017 experience. Our mantra for the week has been “We are more than builders. We are more than employee owners. We are members of our communities delivering a great experience at every turn.” Those words couldn’t better describe the pride we feel about the gifts we provided the Indianapolis and Charlotte communities. It was a great 2017….and we’re already looking forward to Beyond the Build 2018!

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