BCMC Build Frames Cody's Dream

Originally published by: BCMC BuildOctober 8, 2013

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It’s rare that the word miracle comes up short in describing a situation.  However, it just might in the case of SPC Cody Nusbaum, this year’s BCMC Build project recipient.

This year, BCMC Build, in conjunction with NAHB’s Building Systems Council and Operation Finally Home, built a house for a Cody, but his journey to walk into it is truly a miraculous one.  

Cody's Journey

In 2010, Cody enlisted two years after graduating from Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio. His decision to enlist was influenced in part by his 

family’s tradition of military service, but had more to do with his desire to, “do his part.”

He graduated from infantry school in November 2010, and soon found himself assigned to the “Roughnecks” at Fort Drum, NY. In March 2011, the Roughnecks were deployed to the Kandahar region of Afghanistan.

His company commander referred to Cody as “a solider’s soldier,” who never complained, went beyond expectations, always made himself available and had a working knowledge of all aspects of his platoon’s operational function as well as his own limitations.  In short, he was, “someone you could count on.”

Cody Ambushed

On August 24, 2011, Cody’s unit was ambushed by Taliban fighters disguised as Afghan police officers.  One of them approached Cody and shot him more than eleven gunshot times, causing extensive damage to his legs, hips and lower torso.

He was initially given 50/50 odds of surviving his wounds, and had to undergo over 65 surgeries to repair the extensive damage he sustained that day, as well as complications he experienced along the way. Cody faced a long, tough road to recovery.

Cody Takes Important Steps

After a series of revolutionary procedures to repair his hip and leg, and five months of painful physical therapy, Cody took his first step—a full fifteen months after the attack.

Thanks to BCMC Build and its many partners, Cody took another miraculous step, this time across the threshold into his new home. 

The BCMC Build  Project

The BCMC Build team got down to work to help make homeownership a reality for Cody. Volunteer framing crews from the structural components and modular home industry arrived at the jobsite ready to take the plans from foundation to a completely framed home.

The speed at which the structure was built highlighted the versatility and advantages of structural building components and modular construction. Fully framed from its foundation in only two days, Cody’s home showcased the significant savings in time and materials that these methods have compared to conventional stick framing.

In addition to work on the jobsite, the structural components and modular home industries supplied in-kind product and cash donations for the products and materials needed to complete the entire home. 

This project is the result of weeks of hard, but rewarding work, in planning, coordination, and on the jobsite, and the BCMC Build team pulled through to help a very deserving individual.