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West Des Moines, IA (September 17, 2013) – The new cabins Hubbell Realty Company and their trade partners are building at Easter Seals Iowa’s Camp Sunnyside will not only be energy-efficient, but the walls in the staffing rooms and mechanical rooms of the cabin are being built using ReWall, a composite panel made locally from recycled materials.  These environmentally-conscious upgrades are a major focus of the Cabins for Campers 24/7 project.

The energy-efficient HVAC system is being installed in both cabins today, the second day of the week-long build event.  Andy Wyckoff, President and Co-owner of Wyckoff Heating and Cooling, stated “There is really no way to compare the old system to the one in the new cabins.  Previously, the cabins had old, natural vent furnaces that ran at 50% efficiency and inadequate air conditioning.  Poor windows and lack of insulation only added to the problem and did not help the system run efficiently.”

“One of our top three goals in the design and construction of these cabins was to make them energy- efficient,” stated Rick Tollakson, Hubbell Realty Company President and CEO.  “With an eco-friendly focus, we decided ReWall would be an excellent product for this build.”  The ReWall panels being installed in the new cabins are made from recycled beverage cartons.  The ReWall Company is an Iowa company that offers this versatile green building material by giving a second life to milk and juice cartons in an environmentally-friendly manufacturing process that does not use water, glue or chemicals.  All ReWall products are 100% recycled, recyclable, durable, mold resistant, moisture resistant and VOC-free.

“We are very proud of the fact that our new cabins are so environmentally-friendly,” said Easter Seals Iowa President and CEO Sherri Nielsen.  “Something as simple as being able to program a thermostat to heat and cool the cabins efficiently will be a major improvement for us, not to mention the HVAC system itself is beyond what we could have ever asked for.”  Energy cost-savings in the new cabins will be instantaneous.  It is estimated that the new system could save Easter Seals Iowa several thousand dollars per year.

Due to the generosity and commitment of Hubbell Realty Company’s trade partners, the Cabins for Campers 24/7 build is currently on schedule.  Construction plans for today include finishing framing and installing windows, electrical, HVAC, ReWall panels and shingles.

About Cabins for Campers 24/7
Cabins for Campers 24/7 is a week-long event where Hubbell, along with trade partners and volunteers, will work around the clock to build two 7,500+ square foot, accessible cabins at Easter Seals Iowa’s Camp Sunnyside, complete with shower facilities, laundry and storm shelters.  The cabins at Camp Sunnyside were built by volunteers in the 1960s and are used for year-round programming.  The build was kicked-off on Monday, September 16 at 9:00 am and will complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, September 23 at 2:00 pm.

Title sponsors of the event include Baker Electric, Beisser Lumber Company, Iowa Prison Industries, Jeld-Wen Windows, Lansink Construction, Lantz Elite Carpentry & Construction, Inc., Liberty Ready Mix, McAninch Corporation, Polk County Board of Supervisors, Principal Financial Group Foundation, Shiffler Associates Architects, State of Iowa, Variety, The Children’s Charity, Voss Concrete and Wyckoff Heating and Cooling.

For more information about this project or to donate to the campaign, please visit

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