Pankow Builders Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Bring Children’s Playhouses to the Local Community

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Pasadena, CA, May 3, 2016 – Pankow Builders held its third consecutive Company-Wide Meeting where all 230+ company-wide employees throughout California attended learning workshops, developed leadership skills and built camaraderie. Workshops and leadership sessions were employee-led with external motivational speakers invited for the luncheon keynote. This company-wide meeting is aligned with Pankow’s vision of “see the possibilities, engage the power in people, and deliver value – in everything we do.”

On Friday April 29th, Pankow partnered with Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) for its Playhouse Build Program. The Playhouse Build Program provided an enjoyable volunteer experience for all employees to collaborate and construct a useable and durable playhouse. Ten completed playhouses have been donated to the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity Restore – all designed and constructed by Pankow employees. All proceeds from the sale of the houses will support the projects led by San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity (SGV Habitat). While serving the community-at-large, the program also provides a memorable and enjoyable team building opportunity for Pankow employees.

Headquartered in Pasadena, Pankow has an established partnership with SGV Habitat since the early 2000’s. More recently since 2009, Senior Superintendent Amanda Gallagher has worked closely with SGV Habitat through its renovation programs (Brush with Kindness) and new construction projects (the Geneva and Chestnut Home Projects in Glendale). Amanda spearheads all of Pankow’s local volunteer opportunities with SGV Habitat and serves on the SGV Construction Committee outside of Pankow – she is passionate about the work, inspires others to build for the community, and encourages others to develop their hands-on construction skills.

“As managers and engineers, we don’t always have the opportunity to physically work with our hands and get a little dirty,” said Amanda Gallagher, Senior Superintendent at Pankow Builders. “Working with SGV Habitat allows us to go beyond the daily grind of our computer screens, drawings and details – and actually build something tangible ourselves.”

“As a local builder based in San Gabriel Valley, it makes sense for Pankow to be involved with SGV Habitat,” said Dave Eichten, President and Chief Operating Officer. “We all have a great time learning new skills and developing leadership skills – with diverse tasks that vary from our day-to-day jobs. Pankow is a proud partner of SGV Habitat and we are happy to embark on a new partnership with Habitat LA. We look forward to continuing to strengthen that relationship throughout the coming years.”

Pankow’s company-wide meeting was held at The Westin Pasadena from April 29-30, 2016. In partnership with Habitat LA, all playhouses will benefit the local communities throughout the San Gabriel Valley. One playhouse has been donated to Door of Hope in Pasadena and another has been given to a Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles Homebuyer Partner.

About Pankow Builders
Since 1963, Pankow has benefited clients through creative problem-solving, engineering expertise and construction innovation. Pioneers of design-build and integrated project delivery, we provide design-build, design-assist, general contracting and tenant improvement services. We specialize in complex projects and work in occupied facilities on a diverse range of markets and building types. We add value to project teams with our expertise in design management, LEED design and construction, Building Information Modeling and Lean Construction practices and commitment to quality, zero incidents and exceptional client service. Pankow has over half a century of continuous presence in Pasadena, San Francisco and Oakland. For more information, please visit our website at:

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, Habitat LA has built, renovated and repaired more than 1,000 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of thousands of individuals. Habitat LA has a Silver level GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and five consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star ratings awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and showcasing a commitment to accountability and transparency. . Habitat for Humanity International recognized 14 affiliates out of more than 1400 as Affiliates of Distinction for 2015-2017 and Habitat LA is proudly one of them. For more information, please visit or call 310-323-4663.

About San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity
Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity (SGVHFH) engages the community to volunteer time, talent, money and donated materials to build affordable housing. This builds stronger communities, better neighborhoods, stable families and relationships that will last for years to come. Founded in 1990 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, SGVHFH seeks to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action while eliminating poverty housing and homelessness from the San Gabriel Valley. To learn more, please visit our website at:

About Door of Hope
Door of Hope’s mission statement is to “Equip Homeless Families to Rebuild Their Lives.” The emphasis is on the word “equip.” Door of Hope is not a Band-Aid, we are an organization that transforms the lives of families and children but by equipping them with the skills necessary to maintain long term success. Our goal is to break the cycle of homelessness with every family that enters our program. To learn more, please visit our website at:

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