June 5, 2013
Blount County Habitat For Humanity Breaks Ground on Land Donated by Alcoa Inc.
Nearly 150 in attendance at milestone ceremony
Today, Blount County Habitat for Humanity (BCHFH) broke ground on the land donated by Alcoa, Inc. in celebration of Alcoa’s 100 years of operation in East Tennessee. BCHFH, which is celebrating 20 years in the community, plans to have seven homes completed on the seven donated lots by June 2014.
“This gift from Alcoa represents a solid investment in our community’s future,” said Tony Gibbons, Blount County Habitat for Humanity President and CEO. “We’re thrilled to accept the land donation and turn it into live-able space for seven families in Blount County.”
In addition to recognizing BCHFH’s service, Alcoa, Inc. hopes this land grant will help inspire future progress in the area of green design and building and foster an even safer environment on every Habitat work site. “BCHFH has built 130 homes in this community since 1992, and we thank them for providing a tremendous service for the community,” said Ken McMillen, Alcoa Tennessee Operations Location Manager. “We look forward to seeing seven more families in Alcoa achieve the dignity of home ownership from this land donation.”
The first home to be constructed will be dedicated to the Kranaun Greenlee family. Families who attended the ground-breaking ceremony, expressed excitement, anticipation and gratitude for being selected by BCHFH for their future homes.
Valued at just under $100,000, Alcoa’s gift is the largest land donation BCHFH has received from a local entity. Blount County Habitat for Humanity also received $50,000 in grant funds from Alcoa Foundation toward increasing safety standards and elevating green building practices. Energy efficiency and environmental stewardship are taken seriously by BCHFH. With this project the organization hopes to earn the distinction of building the first LEED certified homes in Blount County, providing a benchmark for construction companies. When completed, the families will have homes with lower utilities usage, more durable materials, and greater sustainability. Alcoa Foundation’s grant funds to BCHFH will also allow the organization to enhance its construction safety practices to an above standard level.
Up until 2010, BCHFH only did new construction, but now the organization is staying ahead of the curve and broadening its impact in the affordable housing community through its partnership with the Housing Repair Collaborative. The seven homes will also introduce a new look to the exterior of the homes giving them a more modernized appearance.
About Blount Habitat for Humanity
Blount County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry that has served Blount County since 1992 through homeownership and, more recently, housing repair. Their mission is made possible through the support from individuals, churches, businesses, and other groups. Volunteers and future homeowners provide the labor for building these homes.
About Alcoa Tennessee Operations
Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world’s largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans and is based in Blount County, Tennessee. Locally, it employs more than 1,000 at its fabrication plants in Blount County and its downtown Knoxville office.