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Monday, October 07, 2013 12:00 AM


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DELPHOS —Roger Calvert is preparing to complete his fourth Habitat House as a construction manager with the non-profit. The home at 10th and Washington streets is in the home stretch with the plumber coming today to do finish work and the appliances arriving later in the week.

Calvert became involved with Habitat in 2008 when he started volunteering his time on builds and at the Habitat Restore on Elm Street in Lima.

“I’ve always been community minded and when I worked in retail, I didn’t have the time to volunteer for things. Now I can,” he said.


In 2011, Calvert stepped in to fill the shoes of Andy Chappel-Dick when the long-time construction manager decided to step down and focus on his own business and building a new home in Bluffton.


“Being a construction manager entails wearing a lot of hats,” Calvert said. “I’m pretty much in charge of everything. If it happens, it’s because I did my job right. If it doesn’t, it’s because I missed something. You want everything to go smoothly.”

Calvert has worked on homes in Lima and Spencerville, as well as Delphos, and they all begin the same. The start of every build is tailoring the home to the family. Calvert works with the future homeowner to determine how many bedrooms are needed, the roof design, where the front door will be and works with the city or village to get permits in order.

Infrastructure for the home must be in place and the concrete pad poured before the family and volunteers can begin the work. Calvert coordinates the subcontractors so everyone’s on the same page and receives all necessary information, including dates and deadlines.

Materials need to ordered and arrive at the correct time be used. The family helps with colors and what type of woods, etc., and Calvert makes sure everything runs smoothly.

Several years before Calvert was hired as construction manager, he was a familiar face at Delphos builds.

“I worked closely with Dave Stemen, who coordinates the volunteers for Delphos builds,” Calvert said. “We worked well together on the earlier builds and we work just as well now.”

Calvert, left, and a volunteer put the finishing touches on the front porch of the newest Habitat home at 10th and Washington streets Saturday. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)While finishing a home is always satisfying, the process getting there is what Calvert enjoys the most.

“I like working with the homeower(s) and teaching them,” he said. “The homeowners on the this house right now didn’t know a lot but they learned a lot. This is also a training program. I get to teach others.”

With the most-recent home near completion, Calvert isn’t worried about what will fill his time this winter.

“We have several homes in Lima that have been turned back over to Habitat and they need to be gone over and made like a new home,” Calvert said. “I’ll also work at the Restore doing whatever needs done. We’re fundraising right now to replace several portions of the roof. There’s always something that needs done.”

Calvert and his wife, Patty, live in Delphos. He is a New Jersey native and came to Ohio in the 1970s to attend Wittenberg University in Springfield to earn his BSBA. He accepted the assistant general manager position at ALCO in 1998.

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