With the finish line in sight, building professionals spent the last couple days working through everything from rain to wind to scorching early summer heat to stay on schedule during Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz 2008.

HOME STRETCH. Bill Tamony of Owens Brothers Construction attaches siding to the future house of the White family, sponsored by Dunn/Whitney Construction in Suffolk, Va.
Steffan Hacker HOME STRETCH. Bill Tamony of Owens Brothers Construction attaches siding to the future house of the White family, sponsored by Dunn/Whitney Construction in Suffolk, Va.

Saturday, June 7, is dedication day for homes built during this year’s week of nationwide blitz building; crews are hoping to finish up most of their work by Friday. In all, at least 263 new homes will be finished with 110 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the United States. More than 1,000 building industry professionals are helping accomplish the feat during Home Builders Blitz 2008. A flurry of inclement weather throughout much of the country around midweek could not even slow down most crews. Kevin Campbell is Habitat for Humanity International’s national director for Home Builders Blitz 2008. He received a text message at one point Wednesday from an executive director at a Habitat affiliate in Bloomington, Indiana. The message read: “Five houses, six thunderstorms, two tornadoes, still on schedule and having fun.”

Readers can learn all about the week’s challenges and successes from a first-hand perspective, too. BUILDER and Habitat have teamed up to report the blitz’s progress on a daily basis. This week, six building professionals are contributing to Habitat's online Builder's Notebook, providing a first-hand perspective of the work being done on their site. Plus, Kevin Campbell, Habitat's director of Home Builders Blitz, will be posting reports as he travels across the country visiting various sites. You can access those posts every day here at BuilderOnline.com. Many of the recent entries detail the work builders have had to accomplish to stay on schedule in spite of the challenging weather conditions. New stories will be posted at week’s end highlighting the finished homes and the dedication ceremonies.

Visitors to Habitat’s Web site can learn more about the Home Builders Blitz model – and how professionals can get involved with the Habitat movement. You can also find out where builders are currently participating.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Bloomington, IN.