Extreme Makeover Home Edition-Shea Homes


ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition taps nation’s largest private homebuilder again

Flagstaff, Arizona-Lori Piestewa cared enough about the safety of the United States that she enlisted in the Army ROTC as a high school girl, determined to do her part to protect her country and ensure a better future for herself. She gave her life on March 23, 2003, when her unit was ambushed in Iraq, and has become the international symbol of motherly sacrifice. Piestewa was the first Native American woman to be killed in combat in a foreign war.

The lesser-known story is the Pfc. Piestewa left behind two young children, now 6- and 5- years-old, who are being raised by her parents in a trailer home in Tuba City, Ariz. While the U. S. Army and charitable donations from hundreds of people will help defray future education and living expenses for Piestewa’s children, their grandparents’ home is inadequate to raise an active boy and girl. That’s where Shea Homes an ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition have joined forces to help. The Piestewa Family was notified this morning that they will be featured on the hit reality show which has become synonymous with giving people in need a fresh start. Team Leader Ty Pennington and his cast, with the help of more than 300 Shea employees and 1000 trade partners, will build them a new home in Flagstaff, Ariz., southeast of the Hopi Reservation.

“People have different ways of responding to tragedy and Lori Piestewa’s parents should be held as an example of the right thing to do. They are raising their grandchildren and doing the best they can to give them a good life, “said Bert Selva, president and CEO of Shea Homes. “Lori has personified the loss we all feel during wartime and from one family to another, we really wanted to help them gain a fresh start in a home that will enhance their lives.”

Environmental Demolition, Inc. participated as one of the Trade Partners in the building of the Piestewa’s new home. EDI installed the damp proofing around the foundation wall, graded the soils in the interior of the foundation to establish the required clearance, installed the vapor barrier and mechanically attached to the foundation walls. Installed the required ventilation system beneath the structural floor to the 4300 square foot crawl space. Scott Lackas and Gene Elliott lead a crew of 16 and completed the task in 2 ½ hours. EDI’s crew became known as the “go to company” at the site and assisted in many ways to keep the building not only on schedule but ahead of schedule.

In total, Shea Homes and their trade partners are donating time, resources and labor to the Piestewa’s new home. “With everything the family has been through in the past two years, we wanted to give them refuge, with a touch of luxury,” said Selva. “We hope to accomplish that, in just a few days.” Site excavation began Thursday, April 14, and included a crew of more than 1300 people working around the clock, and revealed on Tuesday, April 19. The Piestewa episode is schedule to air on May 22 as the season finale.


April 6th, 2005

It is very exciting to be invited as a part of this program. But please understand, it is the trades that build this house and make the experience a success, not the builder. Without great trades like EDI, opportunities like this just wouldn’t exist. You guys are a top notch company that looks far beyond just a profit margin, well into the depths of humanity and caring for people and the quality of their lives. That is apparent in the relationships you have with your employees and customers. It is a pleasure for me to work with EDI and people of such great caliber as Gene, Pat, Scotty, Jesse, yourself and the entire supporting staff. Sometimes we forget to express our thanks for everything you do. I personally want you to know Paula that its EDI’s reputation for excellence that’s allowing me the opportunity to be a part of Extreme Home Make Over. I thank you and congratulate you, as well as your entire company for earning the respect and confidence of Shea Homes to be an integral part of this show. This experience will be one not soon forgotten by those participating. I’m confident this won’t be our last opportunity at this experience.

Don Strong
Supervisor – CustomerCare/Risk Assessment
Shea Homes