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Encana workers build Habitat home
Encana Oil & Gas Inc. employees helped Habitat for Humanity build a home July 13 on Jackson Street. Photo by Habitat for Humanity

Encana workers build Habitat home

Aug 24, 2012 - From staff reports

The Jackson Street house is Habitat for Humanity's 15th

in Riverton.

More than a dozen Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. employees battled the summer heat July 13 to help Habitat for Humanity, Wind River County build its 15th home on Jackson Street in Riverton. The workday started in the cool morning hours, and wrapped up around 3 p.m., when the 105-degree weather coaxed them to seek air conditioning relief.

The goal for the day was to sheet the walls, and deck the roof of the house with 4x8 sheets of oriented strand board. After sheeting and decking the house, the crew rolled on roofing membrane to protect the house until shingles can be installed.

The current home is being built for Leona Hiebert and her three children. Projected date for completion and occupation of the home is Nov. 1.

The crew consisted of several return veterans of past Encana workdays, including John Schmidt, Wind River/Green River Operations Field Leader, the entire Encana Riverton office, and some new members.

"I can't think of a better way to show support for the community and our fellow neighbors than to help build a safe, stable home for a deserving family," said Schmidt. "This is my seventh Habitat home, and each year, the sense of accomplishment and gratification in doing what I can to help positively shape our community, only grows. We hope this home brings much happiness and safekeeping for Leona and her family."

Encana also rented some large construction equipment from Wyoming Rents for the day to aid in the big job of hanging the sheets of OSB material on the house. On top of that, they also ordered lunch for all the volunteers on the jobsite that day.

"We are so blessed by the participation and support of the Encana crew," said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Erin Shirley.

"The work we line out for them is pretty challenging, and with the hot days we've been having, it really isn't that much fun," she said. "But they are just a great group to work with. We accomplished everything we hoped to accomplish that day, and they made it all seem like a fun adventure. They are really a working team, just the best kind of group to have helping us."

Encana has been an annual contributor to Habitat for Humanity, Wind River Country projects in Fremont County since 2006, and has donated more than $199,000 to the affiliate. Along with the generous contributions, every year the Encana crew also offers their time and brute force for a jobsite construction workday.

"Encana is proud to be a part of such a rewarding and worthy program," said Randy Teeuwen, Encana community relations advisor. "Habitat is a vital foundation in providing needed housing for local families, and we are honored that our continued partnership helps better our community and provides a gift that will last a lifetime."

This most recent Habitat construction site is located at 1307 E. Jackson, where the former Riverton Hospital once stood.

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