Members Build Fun into Make a Wish Kids’ Tree Houses
As NARI members, the professionals in our chapter hold community service in high esteem. While giving back to the community makes good business sense, it’s the light in children’s eyes that motivates NARI Metro DC Member Daniel Steinkoler of Superior Construction Services, LLC.
Superior Construction Services has teamed with Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic to build a tree house in Frederick, MD for a 7-year-old boy named Andrew and another one in Glen Arm, MD for a 5-year-old girl named Kalli. When Daniel heard about the project he thought “not why would I do this — but why not!!”
Daniel has teamed up with Barrons Lumber and Sherwin Williams for materials for the two treehouses to build magical spaces where childhood cancer survivors can just be kids. Chad Hackman from Alair Homes – Arlington has jumped in and will contribute the tree house hardware for both projects. There’s lots still to do so reach out to Daniel to find out how your firm can get involved. Construction for Andrew’s tree house starts in early May.
While recruiting others to help with the project Daniel took the view that this is the year to ask companies to push themselves to contribute. Schedules may be full and teams are overscheduled, but a project like this gives companies a chance to create a truly one of a kind space. Daniel turned to professionals he’s teamed with on prior jobs to get started. Mark Freeman, AIA, from Aggregate Architecture created the design for Kalli’s tree house while Andrew’s tree house was designed by Michael Lee Beidler of Trout Design Studio. Kathleen Soloway of Design for Change is providing interior design services.
Superior Construction Services has a track history of building projects that change kids’ lives. Their mobile art classroom for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Artmobile, earned the business a NARI Peter Johnson Award in 2012.
Bringing his team together for a project like this during the pandemic made a lot of sense to Daniel. “The tentacles of the pandemic has affected the whole company, and this is an opportunity to step up. It’s been a brutal year, but at the end of the day if you can make a difference in how these kids feel about their lives, why not? We’re slammed and this adds to our plate, but you’ll never regret helping with a project like this.”