Giving back. Mentoring. Teaching others. That’s what Glenn Heidbreder, president and owner of Heidbreder Building Group has been doing. Andrew Gherlein, a Sophomore at Lake Forest High School and member of Lake Forest Boy Scout Troop 48, is working on a project to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. In order to achieve this distinction, the individual Scout has to find a project that is beneficial to the community, is expected to lead and execute the project, which includes garnering the right expertise and volunteers to accomplish the goal. Andrew contacted Chris Morehead, Assistant Athletic Director at LFHS to discuss potential projects relating to the high school sports programs. Mr. Morehead suggested to Andrew that the boys Varsity baseball and girls softball fields at West campus could use upgraded dugout benches. The project will include replacing the 4 dugout benches, 24’ each in length, with state-of-the-art materials to provide a long term solution to aging wood benches.
This is where Glenn and Chris Mazurk, owner and master craftsman at CM Woodworks became part of Andrew’s mentoring team . Glenn and Chris met with Andrew multiple times over the past 6 months to discuss how to develop the project from the initial conceptual sketches, project scheduling, determining a budget, timeline, putting together material lists, ordering materials, and implementing all that is needed to complete the project. Glenn states “The collaborative process has been very enjoyable. Andrew knew what he wanted to accomplish, and he is a thoughtful young man. Chris and I have provided guidance, but Andrew has brought the leadership to the project.”
Initial ideas, designs and planning have transformed into actual construction. The prototype section of bench was completed and recently approved by Scout leaders and the High school athletic department. The benches are on track to be completed for the beginning of the 2016 baseball and softball seasons.