Military veterans, the Steel Framing Industry Association (SFIA) and its partner companies finished building a 20-foot by 20-foot welcome center for the new Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) Healing Quarters in Boyds, Maryland. Construction on the center, which sits on 80 acres of Maryland State Park land about 22 miles from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, commenced June 16 and was completed in late August.
The WCC introduces trained assistance dogs to returning veterans who have sustained physical and/or psychological wounds while protecting America overseas. With the new facility the WCC expects to serve more than 48,000 armed forces personnel by 2025.
The SFIA, whose members make up several tiers within the construction industry—including steel mills, coil coaters, stud and connector manufacturers, component fabricators, engineers, researchers, suppliers, distributors, builders and framers—donated 2 tons of studs and framing materials for the trusses to create the welcome center. “SFIA is honored to have helped the Warrior Canine Connection further its goal of creating this important new facility,” Executive Director Larry Williams says.