As part of President Bill Chace’s inauguration activities
seven years ago, the University launched a home-building project
with Habitat for Humanity to celebrate the service component of
Emory’s mission. Now, as Chace prepares to step down from
the presidency, he is asking the community to pitch in again and
help provide a public-service bookend to his nine-year term in office.
“Symmetry,” Chace said simply when asked why he wanted
to build another Habitat house. “In addition, I want the University
to be seen as a place where scores of people are interested in making
the city a better place to live. And I want them to invest real
‘sweat equity’ in that interest.”
Indeed, Chace himself isn’t too shabby with a hammer and saw;
the president said he makes one piece of furniture per year, last
year building a trestle table.
Beginning on Feb. 15 and running for seven consecutive Saturdays,
Chace will put that expertise to use, as he and a group of University
volunteers will help construct a house from the ground up. A number
of administrators—including interim Provost Woody Hunter,
General Counsel Kent Alexander, Campus Life Senior Vice President
John Ford, Facilities Management Vice President Bob Hascall, Human
Resources Vice President Alice Miller and Carlos Museum Director
Bonnie Speed—already have signed up for shifts. Chace will
work on the first day.
“As ‘home improvement’ and the University’s
engagement with Atlanta have been two of the hallmarks of Bill Chace’s
presidency, it seems fitting to mark his last year as president
by building another Habitat house in Atlanta,” said University
Secretary Gary Hauk, also scheduled to roll up his sleeves during
Emory must provide 35 workers each Saturday. The construction schedule
is as follows:
Day 1 (Feb. 15): Clear foundation, paint block;
set floor joists; lay floor-decking; run exterior walls (sheet panels,
pink wrap); run interior walls; straighten, brace, and tie walls
together; install lower porch package.
Day 2 (Feb. 22):
Prep and place trusses; install windows, trim packages; interior
framing (wind bracing, deadwood, attic stairs, fan, deck, etc.);
deck roof; install sub-fascia, barge rafters; felt roof; install
drip edge; set up siding trim (corner boards, skirt board, drip
cap, start strip).
Day 3 (March 1):
Shingle roof; insulate walls, begin ceiling insulation; install
siding, begin caulking; lay underlayment in kitchen, dining room,
Day 4 (March 8):
Finish ceiling insulation, insulate crawl-space; caulk and paint
siding, window trim, foundation.
Day 5 (March 15):
Prime interior walls, paint; run baseboard; window sills, miscellaneous
trim; install cabinets and counter tops; touch up exterior paint;
begin soffit and fascia.
Day 6 (March 22):
Finish painting interior, touch up; finish soffit and fascia; begin
Day 7 (March 29):
Clear lot, landscape; install doorknobs, bathroom hardware; clean
house interior; finish handrails, miscellaneous punch-out.
On the last day of construction, Hauk said, Emory will arrange a
dedication ceremony for the house with the owner family.
Volunteers should send e-mail to Hauk at email@example.com
to sign up for a shift date.
Participants are asked to submit first and second choices for shifts,
and if the University is so fortunate as to have too many volunteers,
Hauk said, a waiting list will be established.