Author: Jason Bush
I received a response from David Gilroy, Territorial Manager for Simpson Strong-Tie. They are able to provide all the hold downs, anchor bolts, hangars, and miscellaneous hardware. They will ship it to the Springfield Parr Lumber store, as Jeff Melton, Manager of the store, has agreed to be our shipping/receiving agent. So when Truss Joist sends out our floor joist lumber package, it will go to Parr Lumber, and they will store it until we need it, and then deliver it to our job-site. That is a big logistical hurdle! The Truss Company has given us a discount to date, but in discussing it further with Steve, the Manager, he indicated that If I could get the lumber from somebody else, have it shipped to their plant, they could most likely fabricate them for little or nothing.
Ken with McKenzie Excavating & Paving has completed the septic system design and has forwarded a materials list, which I have sent on the George at H D Fowler for review. He is under the impression at this time that they will be able to supply the materials for free. If not, I will check with Orenco and other suppliers. Getting this system in is a high priority. Once in and approved, I can concentrate on the foundation set up and pour.
Currently we are still finalizing the revision of the plans and scaling back some of the extras that I feel are not critical at this point. The Southmayds and myself are meeting the designers one more time on Monday.
Rumor has it that Dan Quatier, CEO of Interior-Tech, who is involved with the ICC Region II Military Families Program of ICC, is in the process of allotting us $15,000 to help bridge the gap in hard money and the donations for materials and labor. Wow, what a nice gift! More positive news has come out of the International Code Council’s (ICC) Public Relations Department. They publish the “Building Safety Journal” and Jack Applegate, CEO of Northwest Code Professionals has put me in touch with them. It is a possibility that our story may be featured in their magazine! Also, Mike Bagley and Mike Bair of Weyerhaeuser’s Trust Joist Division indicated that they would like to publish the recent email I sent out to well over 220 building inspection staff and other industry professionals. It would be published in their internal company newspaper, “Roots” that has thousands of readers from all over the world
I contacted KPNW’s “Wake Up Call” again to entertain the thoughts of going on the air for a status update…. I had to leave a message.
Lastly, we are still working on the aforementioned FSA, (Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement) which could basically partner us up on somebody else’s 501(C) 3. In this case, were in discussions with Forward Assist, a non-profit located out of Wilsonville, that takes disabled veterans out on hunting and fishing trips.