HAMPDEN — Between the professionals and the volunteers, construction should be finished by mid-July on the latest house being built by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor.
According to Lin Lufkin, vice president of the organization’s board of directors, construction started earlier this year on a three-bedroom ranch at 5 Cottage St., located just off Main Road North and a short walk from Hampden schools. “This is the 15th house that we’ve built,” said Lufkin, retired from Nickerson & O’Day Inc. with 25 years’ experience as a construction manager and estimator. He has volunteered his time to build several Habitat for Humanity homes.
The 1,070-square-foot house will feature a dining room, a kitchen, a living room, three bedrooms, and a bathroom, plus a full utility basement. An oil-fired burner will provide hot water baseboard heat and domestic hot water.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor purchased the 18,471-square-foot lot and planned to start building the house last fall, but we were coming into the cold weather,” Lufkin said. “We held off until it started to get warmer.”
“Under a contract,” Hughes Bros. Inc. excavated the site for the foundation, and Lufkin Construction “everything,” including “the forms and cranes,” needed to build the foundation before concrete could be poured, Lufkin said. The entire foundation required 57 cubic yards of concrete; Hampden-based Hughes Bros. and Old Town-based Owen J. Folsom Inc. each donated 10 cubic yards of concrete.
Nickerson & O’Day donated an office trailer, which a company employee backed onto the site and set up on Tuesday, April 2.
A sewer line and a water line were connected to the appropriate underground utilities. Habitat for Humanity representatives worked closely with Hampden municipal officials to accomplish those tasks.
“Hampden has been very supportive,” Lufkin said. “They’ve donated all the permitting; they’ve been very helpful.”
As with other Habitat for Humanity projects, the Hampden construction site relies heavily on volunteers. Cleveland Bemis of Veazie is a state technician retired from the Bangor Air National Guard Base; he has “helped Lin [Lufkin] on this house and the last one” built by Habitat for Humanity on Milford Street in Bangor, he said.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor has established a construction schedule for the new house. The schedule can be found at habitatbangor.org.
Additional volunteers are needed for the Hampden project. “Volunteers are difficult to find, especially with volunteers who know the [construction] crafts,” Lufkin said. He cited the current economy, where “some people are working two jobs to keep up,” as one possible reason why not so many volunteers are available.
People interested in helping with the Hampden house construction can contact Amanda Charette at 942-8977 or at Amanda@habitatbangor.org or go to habitatbangor.org and click the “Volunteer” link.