BIA Members Build Outdoor Living Space for Fallen Officer’s Family
BIA is recognized for its advocacy on behalf of, and the development and support of, a broad spectrum of industry members. What may not be so widely known outside the building industry is the organization’s
commitment to providing resources and skilled professionals to worthwhile projects within the community.
Nick Rodman, an officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department, was killed in the line of duty last spring. He left behind a wife and two young children. The Rodmans had been looking forward to building a deck to the back of their Southern Parkway area home. That project may have been stalled if it were not for the BIA. The family’s situation was presented at a BIA board meeting. There was overwhelming consensus among attendees that the Building Industry Charitable Foundation (BICF) spearhead a deck construction for
During the board meeting, Builder board member Pete Thieneman offered to be the general contractor. At that point, a “let’s make this happen” spirit took over. “PC likes to give back to the community any waywe can, so I said we would take care of the lumber and would reach out to some of our suppliers,” said board member Kevin Passanisi of PC Lumber & Hardware. “Since PC donated the lumber, we donated the roofing and accessories, and I signed up Epic Contracting, another member, to provide the labor for the roofing,” recounted John Thomas, of K-I Lumber & Building Materials and a BIA board member.
“We had everything we needed to complete the project within the first four or five days after the appeal went out. The response from BIA members was great,” said Thieneman, of Clifford Thieneman Co.
Although several BIA members credit him for bringing the deckto reality, he’s humble about his role. “My small part was to coordinate things. We were blessed to have a bunch of members who love their community and were willing to give their time and resources,” he said. Through the efforts of BIA members, the original deck project
expanded to become an outdoor living space complete with aluminum siding, covered porch, a deck that spans the width of the house, patio furniture, rug, ceiling fan and lighting, and landscaping.
Brandon Bailey of Bailey Remodel & Construction, is also the chair of the Building Industry Foundation. He said BICF had planned to donate $5,000 to the project but because all necessary materials and services were donated, BICF didn’t need to put up funds. This allowed monetarycontributions to be applied to educational expenses for the Rodman children, Mason and Ellie. “I’m very proud of BIA members for stepping up
and doing a really cool service,” he said.
Among the companies that donated materials, labor and monetarily to the month-long project were: Clifford Thieneman Company, PC Home Stores, K-I West Roofing & Siding Division, EPIC Contracting, TFC, LLC, Stephenson Garden Center & Nursery, Energy Savers, Bell Aluminum Products, Candlelight Electric, Reflections of You, by Amy, LLC Staging and Design, Anytime Portables, Dependable Dumpsters, Automated Living LLC, Brecher’s Lighting, Central Bank & Trust, Ken Dawson—Triad Properties, LLC, 1st Choice Insulation, Infinity Homes, Bob Marrett, Jack Marsh—Marsh Properties, Lee Brick & Block, Metro First, Interlinc Mortgage Services, LLC—Kevin Hulsey, J. D. Nichols, Kyle Onan, Republic Bank, SRM Concrete, Leo Thieneman, The Door Store of Louisville, The Jones Group, Wilson & Muir Bank and Barry Wooley Designs. “The companies that were involved will get some exposure as contributors, but the main benefit to them and to BIA was that we were all able to help a family in need,” said Thomas. Thieneman agreed, saying, “It was an honor to see the BIA come together as a group to help.”