AGC-Moss Adams Service
to the Community Award

Mowat Construction Co.

Photo courtesy of Mowat Construction
Mowat Construction Co. built an accessible ramp for the rope course at Camp Korey, which serves children with serious and life-threatening illnesses.

Whenever there was something that needed to get done for the community, you’d find Ed Dayton there. Dayton spearheaded Mowat Construction Co.’s effort to build a universally accessible ramp for the rope course at Camp Korey in Carnation.

For its philanthropic efforts, and in particular for its work on behalf of Camp Korey, Mowat Construction received the 2011 AGC-Moss Adams Service to the Community Award.

“It is part of our mission to be a positive influence in the communities in which we work,” said Mowat President John Sandstrom. “It was a tremendous opportunity for our team to have a real impact on our community by using our skills and talents as builders.”

Camp Korey serves children with serious and life-threatening illnesses and their families at no cost. It provides year-round recreation programs specially designed to support the medical needs of campers while letting them just be kids and have fun.


The camp has an elevated rope course high in the trees for children to climb and to improve their balance, strength and confidence. However, children who could not climb the ladder could not participate.

Dayton, Mowat’s general superintendent, approached Camp Korey and asked how the company could help. He then oversaw the creation of a universally accessible ramp that children could use to reach the rope course.

“Ed was always the first person to offer a helping hand to those in need, regardless of if he knew your name,” said Ashley Davis, construction manager for Mowat.

Under Dayton’s leadership, Mowat, along with Gray Lumber Co., Rasmussen Wire Rope and Rigging, Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping and Stoneway Concrete, constructed the ramp.

Mowat dug and built the footings, foundations, pier blocks and columns. Its crew built the ramp supports and substructure, and placed columns, bents, joists and stringers to hold the decking of the ramp. The team then assembled and attached the railing and handrails for safety, and a draw bridge to connect it to the existing rope course platforms.

“The ramp creates accessibility for all campers to enjoy the world from up to 40 feet in the air and to let loose and forget about medical issues.” said Elaine Ervin, Construction Industry Group leader for Moss Adams, who presented the award.

Shortly after the project, Dayton died at the age of 44.

“Through his own example, Ed inspired us to become better people, to get involved with our passions, to strive and reach our fullest potential,” said Mowat’s Davis.

“He was very smart, had a great wit, and he would be your best friend. He was a man’s man who could build anything. Dayton just fit construction in every aspect. His morals, work ethic and sense of right and wrong are a guiding light as we move forward as he would have wanted us to.”

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