Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build 2016

blitz build
2016 Blitz Build home
Blitz May 20th (2)
Empty lot waiting for the new home

A big thank you to everyone who generously volunteered and donated

7G Distributing
Aaron Konrardy Homes- Aaron Konrardy
All Season’s Heating & Cooling
Alliant Energy- Jeremy Rannals
American Sheetrock
American Trust & Savings Bank- Gary Kelleher
Bahl Homes LLC- Jeff Bahl
Banowetz Flooring- Loren Banowetz
Lloyd Construction- Chris Lloyd
Carr Construction- Chuck Carr
Crescent Electrical Supply
CK Construction
Dubuque Bank and Trust
Dubuque Pepsi
Dupaco Community Credit Union
Eldon Hefel
Fidelity Bank and Trust
First Supply Gerhard’s Showroom
FloorShow Companies

Gina Gansemer
BARD Concrete- Steve Kluesner
Ben Kluesner Painting- Ben Kluesner
Better Roofing- Rob Friedman
Black Hills Energy- Mark Ernst
Bob Haverland Design- Bob Haverland
Cal-Co Insulation
Cedar Ridge Construction- Joe Schmitt
Helle Construction- Chris Helle
City of Dubuque- Todd Carr
Heritage Lighting & Fireplace
Hollenbeck Drywall Hanging
Hoyne Landscaping
Jaeger Plumbing
Jesse Gansen Construction
Lumber Specialties
Mark Gudenkauf Construction
Max Smith Concrete Construction
McAuliffe Excavating
Mozena Construction

O’Meara Custom Products
P.K. Construction
PPG Paint
Premier Bank
Rick Barton Construction & Painting
River City Paving
Ron Smith & Sons Construction
Runde Electric
Selco, Inc.
Sherwin Williams
Smith Home Gallery & Cabinet Works
Spahn & Rose Lumber – Dubuque
Splinter Crane
TH Media
Tri-State Concrete
Van Meter, Inc. Electric Supply
Verena Street Coffee Co.
Zephyr Aluminum



Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build 2006

2006 Blitz Build Home

Every year, Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the country build thousands of homes for needy families. A typical project can last five or six months, as volunteers come together, primarily on the weekends, to complete the many stages of constructing a new house. But there is also a special event called a “Blitz Build,” where Habitat affiliates partner with local homebuilders to construct a home entirely in about one week.The idea for a Blitz Build was hatched in 2002 at the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Wake County (North Carolina). Twelve local homebuilders committed to build one house each over a five-day period. They donated their time and many of the materials needed to build the homes. The event was a huge success, so four years later Habitat for Humanity organized the first national Home Builders Blitz.

Here in Dubuque, the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate participated in that first national Home Builders Blitz in 2006. The national event involved more than 1,000 professional homebuilders, who worked to build 495 homes at 130 Habitat affiliates. It was the largest home-building effort in the history of Habitat for Humanity. The Home Builders Blitz national initiative has continued over the years and has helped more than 1,300 families move into safe, healthy, affordable housing.

Now, ten years after that first national Home Builders Blitz, the Dubuque/Jackson Counties Habitat for Humanity is organizing another local blitz build during the week of June 6th. This is the official start of the national Home Builders Blitz. Executive Director Daniel Wahlert is excited to be partnering with the Dubuque Homebuilders Association to participate in this national event. Wahlert says, “the homebuilders in our community take such pride in their quality of work. It will be impressive to watch them construct an entire home on the lot at 2902 Elm Street in about one week.”