When the president of New Hampshire environmental and specialty contracting firm Envirovantage learned that one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing was virtually unable to maneuver himself into and around his family's home in Concord, N.H., he eagerly accepted the opportunity to help.
“As soon as we were contacted about contributing our services to a major rehab of the family's house, we were immediately ready to get started,” said Scott Knightly, president of Envirovantage and an officer in the National Demolition Association. “By helping Jeff [Bauman Jr.] and his family, we feel we're doing our small part in supporting all of the victims of the horrific attack on Boston. This one really hit home for us.”
The image of Jeff Bauman Jr., who lost both of his legs in the attack as he waited on the finish line for his girlfriend to complete the race, has become an iconic symbol of the tragedy. While completing physical therapy at his mother's home in Massachusetts, he was able to visit his father's home only once because it was not wheelchair accessible.
Enter the Concord general contracting firm, Cobb Hill Construction, which got the ball rolling by reaching out to Jeff Bauman Jr.'s family, his family's church, and a dedicated group of business volunteers. Their goal was to create an accessible new kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, as well as build a wheelchair ramp for the home.
During the early demolition process, where flooring and siding were being removed, Envirovantage of Epping, N.