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May 31, 2018

AGC/Moss Adams Service to the Community Award

Photo provided by Turner Construction Co.
Turner helped launch the Block Project, which builds tiny houses for people experiencing homelessness.

Turner Construction Co.

Turner Construction won the 2018 AGC/Moss Adams Service to the Community Award for its work for the Block Project, a community project that strives to end homelessness in Seattle by building tiny detached accessory dwelling units in residential backyards.

Turner Seattle's preconstruction group partnered with Block Architects to ensure the budget for materials would be no more than $30,000 per unit. The project was entirely run on volunteer labor, taking a total of 11 weekends.

Turner Seattle donated more than 500 hours and raised almost $100,000 in material and labor contributions with community partners to launch the Block Project. As such, it is promoted as a community project first and a housing initiative second.

Not only is the model innovative, but Block Project houses themselves are state of the art, designed to be completely self-sustaining and to operate off-grid, with solar panels for electricity, a composting toilet and a rainwater catchment system for potable water.

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