The Reverend Debra Richards and her family will help build the first tornado-resistant Habitat home through a partnership between Simpson Strong-Tie and North Collin County Habitat for Humanity.
The connection between Simpson Strong-Tie and Habitat for Humanity is growing stronger as well as the homes that are built in Texas. In response to the to spring tornado in Granbury that destroyed and seriously damaged 58 Habitat homes, a reevaluation of construction standards has prompted the partners to design the homes to resist uplifts from tornadoes. This includes strengthening the carport, front porch overhangs, gable end and the load path from the foundation to the roof in the walls.
“This design modification will resist an uplift of at least 110 miles per hour which is 20 mph above the code for this area and equates to the highest winds in an EF1 tornado, which would cover almost 90% of tornadoes. These homes will also resist an indirect hit from stronger tornados” said Randy Shackelford, professional engineer for Simpson Strong-Tie.
The first home to receive the enhancements in design will be at 1003 Healy in McKinney, Texas. The walls for this home will be raised on Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m. for the Richards family. Documentation of the new design will continue throughout the framing process. The improved windload- resistance modifications designs are available from North Collin County Habitat for Humanity. “Habitat is excited to partner with Simpson to make these design modifications to help our families live in stronger homes and to be able to withstand future storms that may hit our area” said Larry Pietenpol, NCC Habitat Board President.
“Simpson Strong-Tie is excited to partner with Habitat on this design modification,” said Terry Kingsfather, president of Simpson Strong-Tie. “Our employees are very proud to support Habitat and to work alongside people who truly want to build and live in safe, strong, affordable homes. Habitat provides a valuable service to our community and we are honored to be a part of it.”
Sharing Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Simpson Strong-Tie began its partnership with Habitat for Humanity International in 2007, annually providing $250,000 in cash and product donations, including the structural framing hardware (connectors and fasteners) and reinforced shear walls for new home construction. Simpson Strong-Tie has built homes with Habitat in the United States and abroad, supported Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Projects, and responded to communities affected by natural disasters including along the U.S. Gulf Coast Region and Haiti. The partnership extends beyond financial and product donations as Simpson Strong-Tie employees volunteer their time, labor and technical skills on construction sites, training volunteers in proper connector installation and the use of tools.
“The growing support provided by faithful partners like Simpson Strong-Tie enables us to help more families around the world in need of adequate shelter,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We’re grateful for their generosity, for the many ways in which they support our efforts and for the vision we share for a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”
About Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
For more than 55 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Considered a leader in structural systems research, testing and innovation, Simpson Strong-Tie works closely with industry professionals to provide code-listed, field-tested products and value-engineered solutions. Its structural products are recognized for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces. The company”s extensive product offering includes connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, lateral-force resisting systems, anchors and products for concrete repair, strengthening and protection. Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to helping customers succeed by providing exceptional products, full-service engineering and field support, product testing and training. For more information, visit the company”s website at www.strongtie.com.
About North Collin County Habitat for Humanity ®
North Collin County Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. NCCHFH was incorporated in 1992 and serves the communities of McKinney, Frisco, Melissa, Celina, Princeton, Prosper, Farmersville, Blue Ridge and Anna. Habitat has served families through partnerships with local government entities, churches, corporations, individuals and service organizations, and has completed 81new homes, 35 rehabs and 28 international homes for deserving families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies, and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. The McKinney ReStore, operated by NCCHFH, sells new and used building materials to the public and takes donations of these materials for a tax-deductible receipt. Proceeds are used in the house-building program. For more information about volunteering, qualifying for a home or the ReStore, call 972-542-5300. For more information, visit www.ncc-habitat.com or www.mckinneyrestore.com.