Aspen Lakes West Build in Blackfalds
Phase II Aspen Lakes West
5616 Vista Trail
Our build project of two duplexes is well underway at Phase II Aspen Lakes in Blackfalds. Once completed, these duplex units will be home to The Carr's, The Drake's, The Baray's, and The Gauthier-Johanneson's.
On April 21 Habitat Red Deer broke ground on its 43rd, 44th, 45th, and 46th home build in Phase II at Aspen Lakes. It was a cool and windy day, but with partner families, Blackfalds town council and other community members in attendance we persevered and kicked off Habitat's newest build.
We hit the ground running in May! Official construction began at Phase II Aspen Lakes on May 9 with Marshall Construction. Parkland Geo also did our soil testing, and the site survey was completed by Snell & Oslund. At this time our foundation was poured, and our site services were completed by Atco Gas, Fortis Alberta, Shaw Cable, and Pass Electric.
In early June framing was able to commence on June 8th with Citadel Construction. Wolf Creek Building Supplies provided the lumber packages, and Timber Wolf Truss supplied our floor systems. We also hosted our first two TeamBUILD events of the summer with Team Dow and Team Gary Moe, and Eagle Builders sent out 30 volunteers on two different Saturdays. What an amazing community we have!
July was a very busy month at our build site! We hosted three TeamBUILD events (Team Southern Irrigation, Team Lacombe Ford, Team MNP), and two WomenBUILD events with Team Black Press Media and a few of our partner family ladies. Our construction supervisor Nate Crowe-Swords had the teams build deck packages, and framing also continued throughout July. Additionally, Bruin's Plumbing & Heating completed the ground work at the build site by the end of July.
August was a scorcher of a month with weeks upon weeks of hot weather, but this is Alberta and we know our weather can change on a dime so the show must go on! For the month of August framing continued, bringing us almost ready for the mechanical sub-trades to complete their rough-in work.
We also hosted Team Olymel for a TeamBUILD event on August 13th, where they endured the heat and helped Nate build interior walls on the second duplex unit. Thank you, Team Olymel!
September we saw a lull in TeamBUILD's with the summer wrapping up and everyone getting their kids back to school, but the work didn't slow down at our build!
The mechanical rough in work on the first unit was completed by Bruins Plumbing and Heating and Pass Electric, and our build is ready for all concrete work by the end of the month. Up next will be interior systems such as insulation and drywall, along with the exterior siding stone and parging.
October will see us ramping up with TeamBUILD's again as we are entering into the interior insulation and drywall stage. We welcome Nova Chemicals and Allstate Insurance out in the first week of October, and a little later in October we will be joined by Servus Wealth Strategies and RBC Wealth Management's team, so stay tuned for that!
For what we lacked in September for TeamBUILD's, we more than made up for in October! In the month of October we welcomed Team Nova on October 4 and 6th, Team Allstate Insurance on October 7, Team Servus Wealth Strategies on October 20, and then finished the month off with Team ATCO on October 25th and Team RBC Wealth Management on October 26th. We can't thank our corporate build volunteers enough!
By late October both duplex units are roughed in mechanically and electrical. The first building is insulated and ready for drywall, and the second unit has insulation loaded and ready to be put up. For the exterior work, all decks and stairs have been built and installed (thank you, volunteers!). The trades that we have had on-site have been Five Point Exteriors for siding, Joe Hey completing the interior systems, and Solera Developments will be doing the stone work.
In November we don't anticipate alot of volunteers as the trades will still be finishing up the insulation and drywall, but are excited to have them in again once painting has started!
November was quiet at the build site for TeamBUILD’s but was busy in terms of build progress with the trades! This month, the first duplex unit was drywalled, mudded and taped, and is currently primed and ready for the first set of finishing.
The second duplex unit has been insulated and the mechanical system install completed. On both units the blower door test for our green building system, which relates to air-tight construction, has been tested and passed!
December was a cold and frigid month but that didn’t stop the progress at Phase II Aspen Lakes in Blackfalds! This month marked the stage of the build where everything starts to really come together, and you can feel how close we are to the end of the build and finally being able to present keys to our partner families!
As we wind down for the holidays, we end December with our first unit being entirely painted, all doors hung, and all ready for cabinets and flooring!
In the second unit we currently have siding going up, dry wall hung, and by the end of December will be painted and have completed the first round of finish carpentry.
We want to extend a huge thank you to our trade partners this month: Five Point Exteriors, Joe Hay Drywall, Mountain Mill Work, and EU Painting. Also, a huge thank you to our trade supplier Wolf Creek Building Supply and Home Depot for the attic insulation, and Lowe’s for donating the interior paint!
What a busy year it has been, we can hardly believe its nearly over but we are excited to be back in 2023!
Happy New Year! We can hardly believe it is 2023 and we are 3/4 of the way finished our Phase II Aspen Lakes Blackfalds build!
Our Habitat build saw a very productive December through to January! The first round of finishing and flooring in the first building has been completed, with paint ongoing. In the second building we have mud, tape, and textured ceilings; and are now ready for our first round of paint! Exterior finishing is still ongoing, and next up we will be prepping for cabinet installation and counter tops!
We are so very excited to see it all coming together!
February build update--- we're so close! Its hard to believe just a few short months ago our volunteers were writing beautiful messages to our future homeowners in the frame, and now we are installing cabinets and moving onto the finishing details!
We want to extend another huge thank you to all of our trade partners, donors, and volunteers; to Team Salomons Commercial for joining us for their build event on February 17th, and a very special thank you to Bob King and King's Closet.
Without all of you the work that we do would not be possible!
We can hardly believe that we are in our final month already! Alongside one last TeamBUILD this month where we will welcome Team TD Bank on March 17th, we have Bruins Plumbing and Heating doing their plumbing and HVAC finals! EU Painting has also been in doing the paint final coat and touch-ups, and we also have AYA Cabinets in installing countertops.
For the exterior we have Solera Development with masonry, Henry’s Eavestrough finishing up, and CanPro Deck and Rail for the aluminum railing!
Pass Electric will be plating out, and Central Alberta Flooring will also be in to complete the tile work!
Exciting stuff--- we’re a little over a month away from when we will be able to present keys to our partner families!