The Warrior Village Project
The Warrior Village Project is an amazing project created by Mark Pilcher, to help build cottage homes for homeless Veterans as well as provide education for the next generation’s group of building professionals.
As described by Mark himself, “The Warrior Village Project is a collaboration of building industry associations, nonprofits serving veterans, high schools and colleges, business and private donors, and private citizens working together to provide affordable, permanent housing for homeless veterans while training the next generation of homebuilders. Each of the organizations involved in the Project is providing expertise and resources consistent with its unique capabilities and the mission of its organization.
Students build 400 sq. ft. cottages in two modules in building and construction classes on their campuses. The modules will be transported to sites in San Diego County and joined together as permanent residences on permanent foundations. Through the Warrior Village Project, students will learn skills that will prepare them for careers in the building industry or higher education in STEM disciplines, and veterans will receive permanent, affordable housing” [https://warriorvillageproject.com/about-us/]
Unfortunately, due to the current societal climate, the students were not able to assist in the installation of the roofing products for the homes. Instead, Mark and his team received virtual training from Boral Steel team members in order to continue with the progress of the build for the Veterans.
“Boral Steel offered to donate roofing materials for our cottages way back in September. Tim Brown, Territory Sales Manager, coordinated the pickup of the materials with his colleague Shannon Brown, Logistics Manager. On April 29 we picked up the roofing panels and accessories at Boral’s manufacturing plant and distribution center in Oceanside. Tim also organized an online Boral Training Webinar for us with his colleague Ian May who talked us through the installation process for the roofing panels.” [Warrior Village Newsletter, May 2020]