During the course of my career as a Building Code Official, some 33 years now, I have had opportunity to meet a number of wonderful builders. They were conscientious builders, dedicated to their craft, and genuinely concerned about the quality of the finished product.
Since my tenure as your Building Official here in Londonderry I have had the unique opportunity, or I should say honor, to meet some extraordinary dedicated individuals involving some out-of-the-ordinary construction projects.
Although I had no direct involvement in any of the projects, some of these builders visited my office to speak with me about construction methods and code requirements as they planned for their projects. They were genuinely concerned about the quality of the finished product.
One recent project in particular seemed somewhat different from the others I had seen. After hearing about it, I had to visit the job site while construction was underway, just to observe.
On this one hot August day I came upon a scene of eager, hard-working people buzzing about in the courtyard of our high school, digging, spreading mulch and stone. I noticed five granite pillars standing vertically, firmly set in the ground in a semi-circular pattern. A sixth length of granite was set level and horizontally on its edge laid before the five pillars.
Having some experience with this small group of builders, I began thinking about a number of other similar projects around town that I’ve had the pleasure to observe. All well planned, and well built; a ATV bridge over a stream crossing, a ramp for an accessibility entrance at a church, an information kiosk at one of the ball fields, just to name a few.
A short time later I was approached by a familiar face. This tall slender young man in dirty jeans and sweaty tee-shirt took a moment from his labor, removed his work glove and firmly shook my hand.
With a broad smile Sean Cardwell welcomed me to his Eagle Scout Project. With enthusiasm and pride he proceeded to explain that he had planned this project as a memorial to each branch of our Armed Forces, dedicated to the individuals who are serving our country, and to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in their service. This young man was indeed a dedicated builder.
Being a Marine Corps veteran myself, and former Scout Master, I was touched by the thoughtfulness of this young man who unselfishly committed his efforts to dedicate his scouting project in honor our service men and women. For his effort he will be honored with the award of scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.
This is yet another unique construction project for our community by a group of extraordinary builders. Well planned and well built. A shining example of what the Boy Scouts of America are truly all about. Thank you, Sean, and congratulations on your achievement. A job well done.
Richard G. Canuel
Senior Building Inspector