Franklin Playground Build

Franklin Playground Build

Last week, members of J3 Engineering Group helped build Kayla’s Playground in Franklin, Wisconsin. This playground is dedicated to a young girl named Kayla who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She lived a good life with the support of her family and friends who would do anything to help her interact and learn with others.

Sadly, Kayla passed away at the young age of 7, but her family wants to remember all the good times she had. The playground is a dedication to Kayla and for all children, including those with disabilities to be able to interact and learn. The parents of Kayla were at the build and really appreciated all the volunteers’ work in helping turn their dream into a reality.

Members of J3 worked on various structures including a roof, a ship, platforms, and a ramp that will be wheelchair accessible. The crew had a great time working as a team to follow plans, cut and measure boards, round off sharp edges, and assemble different structures. The material used was a composite board made of plastic material, which is now commonly used in playgrounds.

That was the second day of the build, and a lot of work had been accomplished so far. Crews are working throughout the day to get the playground built. A ribbon cutting will take place October 9th at 5:30 pm at the Franklin Woods Nature Center.

Further Reading:

http://www.kaylaskrew.org/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/kaylaskrew814

http://fox6now.com/tag/kaylas-krew/

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Kenosha Playground Build

Kenosha Playground Build

Yesterday, J3 employees participated in the Kenosha Playground Build. This unique playground was the idea of a special needs teacher who wanted a place for all children to be able to play, learn, and interact with others regardless of disabilities. This project is done purely on volunteer help, without the assistance of any tax dollars. Highlights of the new playground will include a wheelchair accessible swing, static free slides that will protect hearing aids from shorting out, and a merry-go-round that is handicap accessible. It will have musical toys that allow hearing impaired to feel vibrations of the music and a giant ship as a centerpiece to the playground with wheelchair accessible platforms.

Volunteers helped install platforms, put in posts, and build interactive toys for the playground. One toy was a musical alligator that was designed for hearing impaired children. Everything was built using a soft plastic material, which was cut down to size. Despite the intermittent rainy weather, everyone enjoyed helping with this community project that will be an interactive place for all children. The project is anticipated for completion this Saturday.

Resources and Further Reading:

http://www.wisn.com/news/dream-playground-being-built-in-kenosha-so-no-child-has-to-sit-on-sidelines/34831120

http://fox6now.com/2015/09/07/community-comes-together-to-build-dream-playground-in-kenosha/

https://www.facebook.com/KenoshaDreamPlaygroundProject

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Memorial Golf Outing

Memorial Golf Outing

Spancrete will be hosting the 3rd Annual Joe Bidler Memorial Golf Outing in honor of Joseph R. Bidler. Joe was tragically killed on July 5, 2012 in a crane accident working on the Lake Butte des Morts Causeway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He was a valued and cherished member of the Spancrete family for over 11 years.

All proceeds of this event will go to the Ronald McDonald house per the Bidler family. Over the past 2 years, Spancrete has donated over $10,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). The RMHC helps create, find, and support programs to improve the health and well-being of children.

J3 Engineering Group will be helping sponsor the event. It will take place July 17, 2015 at 4 PM at Autumn Ridge Golf Course in Valders, WI. If you would like to help, please download the donation wish list and refer to the invitation link below for information on the event.

Further information on the event: Joe Bidler Memorial Golf Outing Invitation 2015

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Fight for Air Climb

Fight for Air Climb

Employees and family of J3 Engineering Group will be participating in the Fight for Air Climb in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our team is excited to participate in this event that will help fund education and research for lung disease to help find a cure. The event takes place March 21, where we will be climbing 1,034 steps of the U.S. Bank Building. Not only will we be contributing to a great cause, but it is a fun community activity that motivates others to get active. We encourage you to help out as well by donating to our team. All proceeds go to the American Lung Association.

You can donate to an individual of our team by clicking the name. We appreciate the encouragement!

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Blue Lotus Deck Project in Action

Blue Lotus Deck Project in Action

This past Sunday, October 12th, volunteers of MSOE and J3 Engineering Group worked on the deck project at Blue Lotus Farm in West Bend, WI. James Gerloff of J3 monitored the project, while Derek and Cathie cut boards to go under the deck for support. MSOE students were not afraid to get a little dirty and climbed under the deck to measure, and put up supports.  In addition, some fall clean up around the property was done as well.  To learn more about Blue Lotus Farm and their mission visit www.bluelotusfarm.org.

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Blue Lotus Volunteer Day

Blue Lotus Volunteer Day

J3 Engineering Group and MSOE will be pairing up to clean up and repair the current deck for the Blue Lotus Farm deck project in West Bend, WI, on Sunday, October 12. Final measurements and plans were reviewed last week to ensure everything will run smoothly. This will be a great learning and community outreach opportunity for MSOE students with the guidance of J3 Engineering Group.

Above Image: Volunteers from this past spring

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