Brechbill & Helman receives award for Doey’s House work

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Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., received the National ABC Excellence in Construction Award for the Hospice of Washington County’s Doey’s House near Hagerstown, Md. From left are Don Smith of Bushey Feight Morin Architects; Ernesto Lopez, CEO of Hospice of Washington County; Barb Runyon and Gregg Thompson of Brechbill & Helman; Karen Giffin of Hospice of Washington County; and Pam Tetlow and Brent Feight of Bushey Feight Morin Architects.

 

Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., recently received a National ABC Excellence in Construction Award for the Hospice of Washington County’s Doey’s House near Hagerstown, Md.

The National Associated Builders and Contractors consists of 25,000-member companies across the United States. Its national awards competition recognizes quality and innovation in merit shop construction projects.

Brechbill & Helman took second place in the category for institutional construction project of less than $10 million at the 29th annual Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony in Long Beach, Calif., according to a news release.

In June of 2016, Hospice of Washington County Inc. and Brechbill & Helman signed a contract for the construction of Doey’s House with the team consisting of Bushey Feight Morin Architects; CJL, mechanical engineer; Fox Associates and Frederick Seibert, civil engineer; Matonak & Snyder Associates, structural engineer; Donna Brightman, landscaper; and TRIAD, geotech and testing.

Doey’s House is a 12-bed inpatient hospice with expansion capabilities to 16-bed and is the only active licensed hospice facility in Washington County, Md.

The home is named in honor of the late Doris “Doey” Glessner. Her son, Neal Glessner, along with the HWC board of directors, inspired the support of the community to bring a hospice house to the community.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 21, 2016, with the project at 80% complete, a fire erupted and destroyed the entire structure. Firefighters and EMS crew arrived shortly before 3 a.m. that day, and approximately 80 firefighters battled wind-driven flames for three hours to get it under control.

“Despite the setbacks of the lengthy site investigation and the wintry weather mix of snow, ice and freezing temperatures, the hospice board, contractors, architects, engineers and volunteers were all committed to donating their time and resources to rebuild as it was designed, once more,” Thompson said. “The resolve and tireless dedication of a community, construction workers and volunteers were impeccable. Undeterred by having to start completely over from the concrete floor; our company delivered the 16,400 square foot facility just a few months past the initial completion date.”