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Kent Gives Back: Building a Tree House for Wish Kid Alexander
When Division 1610 heard about a little boy’s wish for a tree house, they didn’t hesitate to Make it Happen. Jason Harrall, José Vargas, Steve DeVries and the 1610 team worked with their suppliers and Make a Wish Michigan to design and build a towering two-story tree house for Alexander. Even better – they outfitted Alexander in proper PPE and named him an honorary Kent Companies team member for the project.
The tree house includes a porch, twisting slide, and a trap door to a secret compartment! If you missed this video launch over the holidays, watch the full story below.
Granting this wish wasn’t easy; the team had to troubleshoot throughout the project. There were no trees in Alexander’s yard, so the team poured concrete columns for the tree trunks. They built the tree house at ground level so that Alex could help with the build. They lifted the house into place carefully, maneuvering within tight property and utility lines.
We’re grateful for our team members’ commitment to giving back, and we know this wish will have a lifelong impact on Alexander and his family.
Congratulations to our Weekly Winners!
Erik & Lee just won $250 each for their videos. Read on to see how you can participate too!
FAQ on the Level Up Safety Challenge
Safety is our first priority, and it starts with you! This video challenge is designed to highlight all of the ways we stay safe on the job. Submit a video for a chance to win up to $250 each week!
Q: What are you looking for in a Level Up Safety Video?
We are looking for videos that are short, about 30-60 seconds. Videos don’t need a lot of detail. We want to see the simple, easy things you do to be safe every day.
Simply state: “My name is _________ and I work for Kent Companies in (city/state ). This is how I level up for safety…”
A few topic ideas:
- Back injury protection and lifting
- Traffic safety
- Watch out for slip, trip, and fall hazards
- Be my brother’s keeper
- Maintain eyes on path/job at all times
- Machine safety
- Ladder safety
Q: How do I send in a video for the contest?
Text or email your video to your safety manager.
- Michigan/Ohio/St. Louis: Carl Aukeman (616-325-3598), David DeGraaf (616-430-7092)
- Southeast: Butch Floyd (803-372-4560)
- Texas: Mitch Smith (469-724-0186), Carson Greenlee (940-218-0445), Santana Gurrola (940-222-1813), Rodolfo Santillan (940-435-8424), Roy Hernandez ( 940-435-7520)
Q: What do the other videos look like?
There are over 25 different safety videos in the collection.
Blue Print Reading Classes – Grand Rapids & Traverse City
Blue Print Reading – 3 Hour Workshop
Instructor: Dave Schoonbeck, Chief Operating Officer
Technical drawings define our work on every job site. The ability to read blue prints will increase your safety, productivity, quality and customer service on the job. In this course, you will learn how to read and understand common construction blue prints.
Topics include reading key labels; the plan, elevation, and section drawings; scale, lines and more.
All field personnel are welcome & encouraged to enroll. Please notify your manager that you want to take this course so that we can make accurate manpower plans in the field.
- Click here to enroll in the Traverse City workshop on January 28th.
- Click here to enroll in a Grand Rapids workshop (February 4th or February 8th).
Visit the new professional development and training pages for the latest opportunities to learn new skills.
Division 1610 – Blain’s Farm & Fleet
General Contractor: Healy Construction
The Traverse City team completed an extensive concrete pour for a new building for Blain’s Farm & Fleet. The project included 110,000 square feet of slab with 1,700 total cubic yards of concrete. The team completed a 15,000 square foot pour on a peak production day. Kudos to Jason Harrall and crew for your commitment to productivity!
Division 3110 – Hope College Dimenent Chapel
Kudos to Brian Embree, Jesse Lane and Dustin Nagelkirk for collaborating on a win at Hope College. The Restoration Division performed repairs to an elevated concrete beam/slab structure in the Dimenent Chapel during winter break. Hope College Maintenance & Construction Manager Kelly Bublitz shared, “The project looks great. The team was great to work with and very respectful of our facility. Please tell them they did a great job, and I enjoyed working with them again.”