Partnering with Habitat for Humanity

IAG Project Control Manager, Allan Grobe, shares his experience with Habitat and why he helped lead the partnership effort.

IAG and Triten kick off the partnership at a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser

In March 2019, IAG and the other members of the Triten Corporation (Triten, Arnco and Triten Real Estate Partners) kicked off a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit organization that works with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. The partnership was led by IAG Project Control Manager Allan Grobe. We asked Allan to share his experience with Habitat for Humanity and explain why he thought Triten, IAG, and Habitat should partner.
I knew that my experience managing scopes of work, safety, budget and schedule over my career in planning and execution of refinery and industrial projects would transfer to home building.
"From February 2017, to March 2018, I had an opportunity to work as a staff construction manager for Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity. In the past, I had volunteered with various Habitat affiliates, but I would not classify myself as an experienced home builder. However, I knew that my experience managing scopes of work, safety, budget and schedule over my career in planning and execution of refinery and industrial projects would transfer to home building.
My experience over that year was deeply rewarding: seeing the homes come to completion through the tremendous efforts of volunteer teams and professional contractors.
I am excited to share that experience with my co-workers at Triten and IAG, who like myself have been involved in projects as a lifelong passion.
The dedication of the organization to helping communities was exemplified in how the organization handled a home project during Hurricane Harvey. The pouring of the home’s foundation was scheduled for August 25, 2017, the day Harvey started to dump rain in the Houston area. The pour was initially rescheduled for a month later, but the organization made a critical decision to delay construction for five months, so that they could dedicate their efforts to helping clean out homes damaged by Harvey. This meant that they could help even more people, at a critical time for the city. This dedication was incredible.
In addition to the opportunity to transfer skills from my career, my experience with Habitat for Humanity also showed me how people with a common goal can really make a huge impact.  I am excited to share that experience with my co-workers at Triten and IAG, who like myself have been involved in projects as a lifelong passion."
Scraped lot before construction
Finished house after construction