Article: Building on Hope completes first major phase of latest project

NH Business Review, By Staff Writer

Building on Hope, the volunteer organization of New Hampshire designers, architects, suppliers and builders, recently completed construction of an elevator shaft at Nashua PAL’s Youth Safe Haven, one of the first major components of the full renovation of the building.

While following social distancing guidelines, the Building on Hope team was able to stick with its original plan to construct the elevator shaft at Nashua PAL in April, and will continue construction in phases throughout the summer. Over the past decade, Building on Hope’s team of volunteers have completed more than $4.1 million in community-supported renovation projects throughout New Hampshire.

Every other spring since 2010, hundreds of volunteers from all over the state and beyond work around the clock for 10 straight days to renovate a New Hampshire nonprofit.
This year is different. The group would have been right in the thick of Build Week this month, with a “grand reveal” of the Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven, the group’s sixth nonprofit renovation. But due to the Covid-19 crisis, in place of its usual 10-day “Extreme Makeover”-style Build Week, Building on Hope made the decision to complete renovations in phases throughout this summer for the health and safety of its volunteers and the community.

Over the next few weeks, Nashua PAL will vacate the building. While Building on Hope makes construction progress leading up to the grand reveal celebration which is planned for Oct. 4.

So far, more than 50 individuals and 16 businesses have donated their resources, materials, labor and contributions to the construction of the elevator, including: Academy Roofing, Rindge; All Pro Plumbing, Haverhill, Mass., Atlantic Prefab Inc. Wilton; Eversource Energy; JET Concrete, New Ipswich; JG MacLellan Concrete, Lowell, Mass.; Metro Walls, Manchester; Milton Rents, Chichester; Moore Concrete Cutting, Brentwood; Nashua Fire Rescue; Nashua Police Department; NorthPoint Construction Management, Hudson; Pichette Brothers Construction, Manchester; SL Chasse Steel, Hudson; Southern NH Concrete, Londonderry; Stellos Electric, Nashua; and Streamline Waterproofing & Caulking.

Building on Hope is still seeking financial contributions and volunteers in the trades who may be interested in donating their skills and time for a short period. For more information, visit:

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