Old Bill’s Fun Run Celebrates 25 Years of Giving

Twenty-five years ago, an anonymous, philanthropic couple, fondly known as Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill, envisioned a collaborative event to support local nonprofits. For the first time, organizations came together in an efficient, unified fundraiser that raised awareness of community needs. To-date, Old Bill’s Fun Run has raised more than $189 million for local organizations.

New West and Orion companies were proud to participate in Old Bill’s Fun Run 2021 Giving Season once again this year. The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole announced that a record-breaking $5 million+ was raised this year, an increase of over $1.5 million versus last year. In celebration of Old Bill’s 25th anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill generously provided the first $1,000,000 in matching funds, doubling their existing challenge.

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Hole Food Rescue Million Pound Party

We are proud platinum sponsors of Hole Food Rescue Million Pound Party and are honored to contribute to such a worthy cause in the community.

Four top local chefs were lined up to compete in this year’s pig roast cook-off, but unfortunately the event was cancelled due to elevated COVID risk. We look forward to participating in next year’s event!

*Hole Food Rescue* is an essential part of our community, distributing surplus food to organizations which serve at-risk residents of Teton County. Their process is pretty simple: participating food retailers set aside unsellable – yet perfectly edible – food products. A dedicated team of volunteers pick up these food donations and redistribute them to people in our community.

Western Home Journal Feature – Finding One’s Joie de Vivre in Jackson

New West Building Company president and CEO Robert Huggin’s custom dream home, is featured in the summer issue of Western Home Journal. This modern farmhouse was designed by Farmer Payne Architects. Interiors by Fievre + Jones.

“I’m fortunate to have such an incredible team and partners who are so dedicated and passionate about what they do. The foundation of New West is built upon these great people, and I’m so proud of what we’ve built together.”

*–Robert Huggins, New West Building Company*

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The Jackson Hole Children’s Museum 9th Annual Touch-A-Truck

We are a proud sponsor of The Jackson Hole Children’s Museum 9th Annual Touch-A-Truck event which took place on Sunday, June 6th.

This free family event is a beloved Jackson Hole tradition that draws “kids” of all ages for the opportunity to touch the levers, switches, and gears that make construction, emergency, law enforcement, food service, and recreation vehicles move.

Every single truck and truck driver in attendance serves our community in their own unique way, and Touch-a-Truck recognizes and honors that service.

This year, First Responders are especially deserving of recognition, so extra steps were taken to highlight their contributions to our community. We all know the sacrifices they have made to ensure our health and safety through the pandemic.

Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club

As a sponsor of 2021 IFSA, JHMR, IFSA Snow King and Wednesday Night Lights competitions, we are proud to support the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club’s mission:

To inspire and develop student-athletes through innovative and accessible ski and snowboard programs that provide opportunities to pursue personal excellence in snow sports and life.

500 local student-athletes benefit annually from JHSC local programs and local partnerships.

Celebrating International Women’s Day & Women In Construction Week

In honor of International Women’s Day & Women in Construction Week, we spent some time with our very own Haley Mahar, VP of Preconstruction, to learn more about her background, inspiration and perspective on the industry.

Q. Did you always know you wanted to be in the construction industry?

A. My first experience with building and design was when I was eight and thought I wanted to be a vet. I designed and drew out the entire veterinary hospital that I wanted to run using colored paper and pencils. Looking back, that was definitely a sign!

Q. What inspires you to do what you do?

A. I love creating spaces that change the way that people interact with the world around them. Taking what used to be a piece of dirt and turning it into a home, a place where many people find comfort, or a new restaurant, where you can share an experience with friends. To me, it’s all about the teamwork it takes to build a building and then the satisfaction of turning over a building that really positively influences the way the client, or patrons, live.

Q. While participation is growing, women represent a fraction of the construction industry, and it continues to be a male dominated industry. How has that impacted your career or perspective? What changes would you like to see in the future?

A. I feel super lucky that throughout my career, I have always felt supported by my managers and colleagues. With that being said, being a female in a male-dominated field does present obstacles. It can be frustrating to feel ignored or undervalued at the beginning of a meeting, written off by my appearance as not being someone with authority, before someone in the room realizes that I’m actually the one making the decisions. However, I’m inspired more and more every day with women taking on roles in the industry, especially the women who are working in the field as superintendents and project engineers. Being in the field is a hard job as it is, and even harder when you’re the only female on an all-male jobsite. My hope is that the industry is really starting to move towards a place where all voices are heard and listened to, equally.

Q. Is there anything specific in your leadership role at New West that you would like to achieve specifically related to women in the industry?

A. I hope that I can use my leadership role to inspire confidence in my female colleagues at New West. It’s critically important to me that females working in construction are empowered to speak up, and that comfortable asking questions if they don’t know the answer. I also hope that my new position, and the number of interactions I have with clients and trade partners, helps normalize seeing women in leadership roles in construction, which are few and far between right now.

Old Bill’s Fun Run

New West and Orion companies were proud to participate in Old Bill’s Fun Run 2020 Giving Season again this year. The community and 200+ non-profits came together again in new and creative ways this year to ensure the safety and welfare of the community.

Twenty-four years ago, an anonymous, philanthropic couple, fondly known as Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill, envisioned a collaborative event to support local nonprofits. For the first time, organizations came together in an efficient, unified fundraiser that raised awareness of community needs. Over the last two decades, Old Bill’s Fun Run has raised more than $173 million for local organizations.

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AIA Wyoming 2020 Design Awards

Congratulations to GYDE Architects for winning a design award for BASECAMP in Wilson, Wyoming! This modern take on the classic gas station features a full-service market and in-store restaurant, Rations. New West was proud to be the general contractor on this innovative project.

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