First-time homeowner Tameka Evans and BuildSense partner Randall Lanou during construction of her now-completed Habitat for Humanity home. (photo courtesy BuildSense)
The award-winning BuildSense team of architects and contractors watched with pride as members of Durham’s Habitat for Humanity handed Durham resident Tameka Evans and her three children the keys to their new, well-built house in a safe, new neighborhood when the 2019 Durham Home Builders Blitz concluded last month.
In just one week, June 14 – 21, BuildSense and the Durham Building Company completed construction on two Habitat houses on Barton Street. Along with trade partners and vendors each company works with on a regular basis, the teams donate the majority of the labor and materials involved as well. The Evans’ house is one of those two.
“I can’t wait to send my kids outside to play in our new neighborhood,” said Evans who, along with her oldest son, has helped build other Durham Habitat homes as well as their own.
“Community stewardship is one of our BuildSense values and Durham Habitat for Humanity is an organization that we love,” said BuildSense company lead, Randy Lanou. “They have a mission that we strongly support, and we are quite fond of their entire team. It’s very easy to say yes to building the sweet home that Tameka and her family purchased.”
The Home Builders Blitz is a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Durham and the building industry to build homes for qualified Durham residents. Each professional homebuilder builds one house in a seven-day period.
“I wish they all could be done this quickly,” said Durham Habitat executive director Blake Strayhorn. “That would solve a lot of our affordable housing problems in Durham.”
The BuildSense team is comprised of an independent general contracting company (BuildSense, Inc) and an independent architecture firm (BuildSense Architecture, PC) working together in the company’s office and shop in Durham.
Under the leadership of partners Randall Lanou, Erik Mehlman, AIA, and Leon Meyers, giving back to the community is a regular aspect of the BuildSense culture. The team has participated in previous Habitat Builders Blitzes and has donated two trucks to Durham Habitat.
Habitat for Humanity of Durham brings people together “to build homes, hope and community,” believing that “all of our neighbors should have a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.” For more information on Durham Habitat and Habitat Home Builders Blitz, visit www.durhamhabitat.org.
Located at 502 Riggsbee Avenue in downtown Durham, NC, BuildSense fosters delightful, healthy, and sustainable living. BuildSense has been serving families in the greater Triangle Region of North Carolina since 1999. They have received consistent recognition as one of the best design-build companies in the area, and as a national leader in smart and sustainable building and business practices. Their projects regularly earn local, state, and regional design awards. For more information: www.buildsense.com.