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Central Oklahoma Habitat appoints Booze, starts 1,000th home

Todd Booze
Todd Booze

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, which starts work Saturday on its 1,000th home, has appointed Todd Booze, co-founder and co-owner of Ideal Homes of Norman, to the nonprofit’s board of directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Todd to the board. He brings an extreme wealth of knowledge and diverse experience from the building and construction sectors as Central Oklahoma Habitat begins the early planning stages of its largest development yet,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, Central Oklahoma Habitat and CEO.

Central Oklahoma Habitat, in partnership with Maxwell Supply of Oklahoma City, will frame its 1,000th house with help from U.S. Sen. James Lankford, Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan, and other volunteers at 10 a.m. Saturday. Maxwell Supply is sponsoring the home, its sixth full sponsorship, at 8121 NW 74 in the Stephen Florentz Legacy Estates addition in northwest Oklahoma City.

Volunteers will put their construction skills to work alongside future homeowner and single mother Brittani Githiri, who has two children. Githiri will put in 300 hours of sweat equity and make monthly mortgage payments once her family moves into the home.

Booze was president of construction for Ideal Homes from 1990 to 2018 and now is director of National Housing Quality Award for Professional Builder Magazine. Since 1990, Booze and his team constructed more than 8,000 new homes in the Oklahoma City area and received numerous local and national awards, including Professional Builder Magazine’s Builder of the Year and Builder Magazine’s America’s Best Builder.

Under Booze’s direction, Ideal Homes built the first National Association of Home Builders Green Certified Home in Oklahoma, the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design residential home in the United States, and led the charge on energy-efficient construction by becoming the first builder in the country to construct an affordable line of Energy Star Homes.

“Central Oklahoma Habitat is one of the most energy-efficient builders in the state, so for us to bring on a pioneer in the advancement of energy efficient awareness and building performance standards is a huge win for our organization,” Gilliland said.

The Central Oklahoma Habitat board of directors establishes policy, selects Habitat partner families, and guides the organization’s efforts to provide safe and affordable housing to low-income families. Board members commit to serving a two-year term that can be renewed up to four times.