Who are you? ( show us those pearly whites — to start, just one photo if you please )
Paul & Jennifer Hedges, Boardmembers, Helping Hedges
What is your industry and profession?
Paul is a Computer Scientist working in the Cyber-Defense field currently. With a history of IT and governance in the corporate world, a background of structure from his time in the military. As a side profession Paul has picked up general construction, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and drafting on an apprentice level.
Jenni is a Laboratory Scientist working for a non-profit hospital. She has a history in laboratory sciences and work. After meeting Paul, they shortly began remodel work on a home in a year long project. During this time Jenni has expanded her familiarity to an apprentice level in carpentry, plumbing, general construction and design.
Together they started a Washington based Non-Profit Corporation, Helping Hedges, focused on low cost structures for homeless individuals. Our aim is to construct low-cost affordable housing to reduce homelessness in the Olympia area, while employing local builders and upping the skill trade for the younger generation. In addition to this we’re looking to eventually expand to Commercial/Apartment structures.
Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?
We had used Sketch-Up Pro personally to design our renovation ideas prior to beginning the non-profit. Our builders are familiar with the product but no member of our team is talented enough to create regular sketches.
We would like to transition to use Sketch-Up more professionally to provide options to our low-cost construction designs.
Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? (Besides using it to impress the babes/bros…)
The UI I find easily to interface with. It was my first experience with a 3D design product. The integration with Trello seems like it would be helpful.
How proficient are you in SketchUp? Beginner, intermediate, advanced?
Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?
What is your current set up? [Computer type, SketchUp version…etc.] (Your lake house and Ferrari don’t count)
I have a SOHO Server that is used to run the majority of the corporation’s collaboration tools and conduct current design projects. As integration of the tool expands, we will more than likely move this to a more powerful laptop to be used on site.
Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us?
No, but the HelpingHedges.Org website is being stood up currently.
Anything else you would like to tell us? (e.g., you once saw a UFO & tried to model it in SketchUp to get a prototype 3D printed…)
Helping Hedges was created out of an idea that we weren’t doing enough to make the world a better place. Encouraging the altruistic lifestyle in those around us. We began down the path of starting a non-profit in the state of Washington to better put our traits/talents and those around us to work improving the community.
Our goal is to take designs created by the individual(s) in question to be hosted on our website as potential projects for investors/donators/contributors. Using these designs with an accepted familiarity from our construction team and our corporate governance/financial structure we’re attempting to begin expanding the low-cost home pool. We’re looking to build predominantly ICF construction with Foam Core metal roofs. This type of build-technology is what we’re looking to be focused on. Small teams with self sufficient structures and a more modern look.
What is your favorite Emoji?
Winkey-Face with Tongue.
Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…?
I enjoy the cold, on the west coast of America the Pacific Coast is always cold. It is enjoyable to walk and look out, as long as you’re dressed in a sweater.
And onto The Project…
What is it you need?
Building Plan Design Consultant -or- Building Plan Design(s) specializing in Insulated Concrete Forms & Insulated Metal Roofing
Why do you need it?
Helping Hedges is in the process or organizing the aspects of our business from small business model(s) of individuals working on their own; to fit the corporate business model. Currently we have interested builders with experience of remodel and new construction, however we have mostly informal design pitches and submissions. As we migrate to the corporate model of oversite from outside sources and interest. I’m looking to expand the aspects of a building project to be more repeatable and demonstratable.
By taking a plan from a rough design, to a more interactive and presentable format-we can better articulate what we WANT to design, so that we can better build what it is we have designed. Model photos will be hosted on the website for potential projects.
How would it work?
3D construction models would be designed in tandem with builder/re-modelers and myself as a technology/business coordinator helping the process or providing the interface for specific information.
Designs can be submitted without site specific information for new construction as these models will be presented to the builders as model of construction to follow.
If working in a collaborative environment with myself as a design consultant would be the easiest method. This is certainly an option to bring an idea to life.
But what does it pay? (Collaboration/Paid)
That really relies on you-Depending on cost, the entire non-profit is currently being organized and all financing has come from myself. I will purchase designs ad-hoc for each project as needed. Hire at an hourly rate for design projects. Pay by interest of donators in the form of re-imbursement for services rendered.
We can discuss contribution work submitted on behalf of individuals for free in terms of deductible market rate. The 501c3 status is pending for Helping Hedges, however the IRS indicates if your submission is accepted all donations are retroactively tax deductible for the previous 17 months.
Depending on the amount of interest, there could be a permanent paid position for designs in the future.
As this is a non-profit in the organizational stages of its creation. There are multiple positions available at the corporation to be occupied if you share the mission and vision of the Helping Hedges corporation. Feel free to reach out to myself at PaulHedges@helpinghedges.org to get more information about the mission and the Org structure we’re creating!
------This is not an attempt at soliciting donations as they’re not available to be accepted at this time, Helping Hedges is currently looking for like-minded individuals looking to bring an end to Homelessness any way we can------