Women Build Experience


I am a member of the St. Louis Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council of the HBA and we had our first opportunity to work a Habitat for Humanity St. Charles’ Women Build day. Of course we choose the hottest day of the year to build, but it was worth it.

There are 2 identical houses under construction, but we will mainly be working on the one that is further along. What is extra cool for me is that I am also helping out with the green certification of the homes and providing HomeNav to meet the homeowners’ manual requirements. This was my opportunity to “walk my talk” and get some hands-on experience with implementing a practice of the National Green Building Standard™ – the green certification program being used.

My Women Build Experience

8am and a small swarm of PWB members show up ready to work. The construction manager, Chris, reviewed the 2 homes under construction and the projects for the day. Each of us volunteered for a project where we were working under the guidance of an experienced supervisor volunteer. Our work ranged from realigning and stapling batt insulation in the basement to mudding screw holes. The work started off on a more deliberate pace as we each learned our project and how to do it most effectively. We all so admired the patience of the regulars on the project as they patiently worked with the volunteers to teach us a variety of building skills. There were some pretty seasoned power tool users in the group and it was fun to see everyone pitch in to work on the home.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped on August 30 at the Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles’ Women Build. To learn more about the donation HBCF made to support this build as well with a donation earlier in the month, please read the press release.

2 comments… add one
Tina Gleisner July 4, 2014, 7:38 pm

Marla, Was hoping to learn what jobs were available & which one you picked. I’ve done vinyl siding, decking, mud … and this year we were installing flooring.

PS I also taught some homeowner classes

Marla Esser July 18, 2014, 3:30 pm

I worked on installing batt insulation to meet a minimum of Grade 2! Sounds techy, but was good to learn since I often help inspect insulation in the green home certification work I do. Awesome you’ve had a chance to do so much.
I’d love to hear more about your homeowner classes too. I am starting to do these as well. Thanks for the great insights.

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