NADRA Members in Minnesota Build Deck for a Soldier®

 

DECEMBER 6TH, 2017   UPDATE

The MN D4S project is ready to rumble. 

Props need to go out to the Brawlers from Crossroads Remodeling for TCB on the existing dilapidated deck/porch that was there.  I brought lunch to give them some afternoon energy and they were raking up the last shards of wood, not quite sure how they did all that in 4 hours.

Craig and Craig (no joke) from GoliathTech got the build started installing their Helical footings with a balmy -2 windchill and snow on the ground.  Although with a fresh layer of ice out on the roads I think it took them way longer to drive there than it did to actually set the footings.

It took Mark from Infinite Decks about 2 minutes on the site to sell me on his curves.  We decided if we are going to do this thing it lets do it right, big and nice curves.  Check out his awesome renderings of the masterpiece we are about to create.

Looks like Santa Claus from the Deck Store in Apple Valley is going to give us an early Christmas present by donating all the green for the project.  Thanks Bob-we really appreciate your support!

Framing starts next week with the team from Deck and Basement and Jigsaw Builders-with a projected high of 15 on Tuesday they better be working fast to keep themselves warm…

-Pat Noonan

November 21st, 2017   UPDATE

Just a quick update as this Thanksgiving week winds down.  One of the things that we should all be thankful about are the men and women who keep our great country safe.  Please be sure to say a Thanksgiving prayer for all of our armed forces both home and abroad.

The Minnesota region has begun it’s Deck for a Soldier® project on a Veterans home.  They have torn down the old deck and are getting ready to begin the build once permits are in order.  They may still need a pledge of pressure treated lumber for the framing, so if you can help please click on this link  or contact myself or Pat Noonan.  We are also looking someone to pledge a plaque that would hang on or near this deck to acknowledge the NADRA Deck for a Soldier® program for donating the deck.  Again, please click on the provided link or contact one of us.

The Northeastern region is currently drawing up the plans and will get the permit paperwork submitted in the near future.  They are hoping to begin their build in January or February.  Once this project gets closer we will be looking for pledges for this project as well.

I hope that you all are able to spend quality time with friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Best Wishes,

Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chair

Cell 201-803-2909

November 17th, 2017 UPDATE:

Day 1: Tear Down:

NADRA Members, Crossroads Remodeling headed to the site for day 1 of the Deck For a Soldier® Transitional Housing project in Minneapolis. Rick and his team has a huge heart for this program.

Thank you NADRA, Pat Noonan and the other contributors for such an honorable program.” – Rick Wooton – Owner, Crossroads Remodeling

 November 15th, 2017 UPDATE:

NADRA Members begin building a deck for Minnesota Alliance Council for Veterans (MACV)
NADRA members in MN got together to plan this years Deck for a Soldier® build. They chose MACV as their recipient. This worthy organization runs multiple transitional living homes for Veterans in crisis to help them get back on their feet and back into their own independent housing.  One of their homes has an old deck that has been condemned by the City of Minneapolis and is literally falling apart.
Pat Noonan, Deck and Basement Company is leading the project with the support of many local members. Pat writes to the crews just this morning:
Welcome to NADRA and thank you for supporting this worthwhile organization. As a member for 10 years I can attest to the knowledge, friendships and networking I have gained since joining.  Great to hear that you may be interested in helping with our D4S project, I have attached information on the recipient and project details.  We are planning to demo on Friday and finalize plans early next week once we have existing deck removed.  I will send permit plans to you as soon as we have them.  Hoping to have permit and be ready for footings the week after Thanksgiving. Thanks for your support, feel free to reach out with any questions.”
Pat

 

Stay tuned for more updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2nd, 2017 UPDATE:

Minnesota Deck for a Soldier® Update: Several deck builders are getting ready to get the ball rolling on a Deck for a Soldier® build for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans at one of their Structured Independent Living Facilities. This is a non-profit organization that helps needy and homeless veterans get back on track. We are currently looking for material and labor pledges for this project. If you would like to become involved please click on the banner to make your pledge. 

Once you fill out the pledge form we can pass your information on to the lead builder, Pat Noonan. It is important for you to fill out this pledge form so your information goes into the Deck for a Soldier® database. For those of you that pledge, please feel free to market the fact that you support NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® program. This can help you market your products while you help us market this great program. You can also find sponsorship opportunities on the pledge form at the bottom. Thank you in advance for supporting this great cause that is very near to all of our hearts!

Bruce Verblaauw
NADRA National Deck for a Soldier Committee Chairman

 

NADRA MN Chapter Engaged Experts Event

May 9th, 2013 was a memorable day for the MN NADRA Chapter. Representatives from every sector of the Minnesota Deck and Rail industry were on hand to support NADRA’s effort to further develop its industry leading CPAC program (Consumer Protection Awareness Charter).

Engaging speakers gave viable, educational information that sparked many valuable conversations for attendees. Presentations were then followed up by tours of Element’s St. Paul facilities, including live testing demonstrations.

Third-Party testing experts were on hand to share their knowledge in the areas of corrosion, environmental, flexural, mechanical and live load testing. Code officials from several local jurisdictions and a representative from the ICC-ES were present to answer questions concerning codes or product evaluation.  Product manufactures, lumberyards, distributors and local deck builders were all present to discuss industry issues and learn more of the NADRA CPAC program.

The common message thread; Quality and Approved Tested Products are a must! Whether it is ICC-ES, CCRR or ASTM tested products; all were in agreement, that the world of product testing is convoluted and there is a need for industry standardization.

Please contact NADRA EVP, Michael Beaudry to join the NADRA CPAC effort by emailing Info@NADRA.org

A special thank you to the following MN NADRA contributors:

  • Host:  Element Materials Technology
  • Sponsors: Screw Products, Inc., Williams Architectural Products, Gossen Corp., and Homeland Vinyl Products, Inc.
  • Speakers: Barry Johnson-ICC-ES, Stan Hathorn-Homeland Vinyl, Roger Axel-New Hope Code Official and Tom Kolden-Element Materials Technology

 

 

The Shoemakers Shoes

By NADRA Member, Rick AuBuchon, Legacy Decks, Minnesota

We have most certainly endured some mockery for the lack of deck at our house. This has, in fact, been a running family joke for the past two years or so since we moved into our new place. It may be because just when we think we know exactly what we want that we change our minds….or, perhaps it is that I am too busy designing beautiful backyard escapes for all of our amazing customers…but either way, I think my wife will soon hire it out if I don’t get one built. She would probably take anything at this point in time.

Alas, it seems we have joined the highly esteemed ranks of all those shoemakers out there, walking around with holes in their shoes.

When we do finally put one up, it will undoubtedly be GLORIOUS, but until then — may the mockery continue…

 

A note from NADRA HQ: Feel free to share your stories by commenting on this post. We want to hear about your outdoor living area! How many of you are on the same boat as Rick at Legacy? C’mon, tell the truth…

 

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NADRA Minnesota Chapter Honors Local Soldier

Memorial Day Weekend Event Celebrates Winner of Deck for a Soldier® – NADRA Minnesota Chapter Honors Local Soldier at Ribbon Cutting

May 24, 2011 – Minneapolis, MN | A brand new deck built for local soldier, Todd Everson by the Minnesota chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) for the Deck for a Soldier® campaign will be unveiled on May 28 in Prior Lake, MN. Mike Beaudry, NADRA’s founder and Executive Vice President, will be at the Memorial Day weekend ribbon cutting.

Everson was selected through an application process to receive a professionally designed and built deck by members of the NADRA MN Chapter. All materials and labor were donated by the association’s members.

“Our members were very excited about participating in the Deck for a Soldier campaign,” Noonan says. “It’s an honor to come together and pay tribute to this brave service men and women who made sacrifices on our behalf.”

NADRA launched its Deck For a Soldier® program in 2007; this is a community effort that expresses our appreciation for the service and dedication of the men and women of our armed forces. The project will be completed with strictly donated materials, time and labor.

WHAT: Deck for a Soldier® ribbon cutting ceremony by the Minnesota chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association

WHEN: 12 pm to 4 pm, Saturday, May 28

WHERE: 3237 Spruce Trail SW, Prior Lake, MN

INFO: Pat Noonan, pat@onoonan.com; 612.741.2289