Stevens named first Legend of the Year
Friday, April 30th, 2010
The Legends, the alumni entrepreneurial organization at Lawrence Tech, has presented its first Legend of the Year award to Donald Stevens, BSAr’92, in recognition of his humanitarian activities in Haiti. Stevens accepted the award on April 22 when he delivered the final presentation in this year’s Entrepreneurial Lecture Series.
Stevens earned a degree in architecture from Lawrence Tech in 1992 and is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. As president of STUCC ON STEEL Building Systems in Virginia, he pioneered the use of panelized light-gauge steel framing and high-strength stucco building systems to create cost-effective housing. This patented building system is in use throughout the world.
He is the founder of a nonprofit organization, Reconstruction Efforts Aiding Children without Homes (REACH), which brings sustainable and affordable housing to children affected by natural disaster, poverty and war. REACH has provided shelter to refugees of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Stevens has increased his humanitarian efforts in Haiti since the Jan. 12 earthquake that caused massive destruction. Over spring break, Lawrence Tech students Christine Costa, Chris Harris and Kevin McLarney spent 10 days in Haiti working with Stevens on constructing new housing at the Pwoje Espwa Sud orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti.