DAVIS Employees Build Playhouses and Donate Them to Habitat For Humanity

Children's playhouse designed to look like a travel trailer, with plastic chairs and a grill set up to look like a camping trip

We recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland to hold a playhouse building competition! Since April, DAVIS employees have been hard at work building nine children’s outdoor playhouses. All nine were completed this week, and have officially been donated to Habitat. The playhouses were based on original designs from DAVIS—from a hospital-inspired house to a makeshift café complete with a table and fireplace, the contest sparked many creative ideas. These construction professionals took playhouse building to the next level, creating complex, appealing, and safe structures! 

Habitat leaders, including President + CEO Jeff Dee and Paige Beyer, Director of Development, arrived at our Rockville, MD headquarters on Thursday, May 18 to judge each playhouse and choose a winner. The winning playhouse, called “Skidsteer,” is based on a Bobcat skid steer loader and is made using pine and cedar wood. Dee spoke on the importance of donations and initiatives to the community. “When their family buys a home through Habitat, it’s often the kids’ first stable home. Having a playhouse is their first opportunity to have their own place to go to after school,” Dee said. “This is a great example of how we can come together and support affordable housing.”

A miniature version of a Bobcat Skid Steer vehicle with a front end loader

Peggy Jones, Principal at DAVIS, was instrumental in building the connection between the two organizations. “At DAVIS, we’re passionate about giving back—and we also love taking on building challenges, so this couldn’t have gone any better. We’re so thankful for Habitat’s continued hard work for our community," Jones said.