An accomplished freestyle skier and senior at Keene High School, David Hudgik is well known at winter recreation areas around the Monadnock Region. His life took a dramatic turn in 2011 though, after a trampoline accident left him a quadriplegic. In an effort to provide appropriate, handicapped-accessible housing for Hudgik, local architect Michael Petrovick, and several members of the professional community, have donated their time and talents in creating an independent living space that keeps the family under one roof.
The house renovations at 124 Old Walpole Road, designed and overseen by Petrovick, will include mechanical and technical conveniences such as a garage door that opens via iPad, a fully-accessible interior door which opens onto a ramp into the main home, and an elevator. David’s bedroom is equipped with a track system to assist his family with his mobility and care. A fully finished, walk-out basement has also been renovated to provide David with additional space.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the Hudgik family as they work within the parameters of David’s injury,” shares Michael J. Petrovick. “Our goal is to provide David with a home that allows him independent living on a scale commensurate with his previous level of activity; a place where he can find solace, dignity and beauty.”
Heather Bos of All-Ways Accessible in Concord, a privately owned company that specializes in lift equipment including elevators, completed an accessibility assessment of the property prior to the purchase of the home. “We’re excited to work on this project with the Hudgiks, Michael Petrovick and Williams Construction Group,” says Bos. “We’re always impressed when local community members are this involved in efforts to provide accessibility.”
Tim Stebbins, of Stebbins Spectacular Painting in Marlborough, donated his time in painting the interior of the home with low VOC paint. Dave Williams of Williams Construction Group in Keene provided discounted time and materials essential for the project. Wendy Pelletier, Surveyor in Keene, also donated her time to the project. Steve Meyer of Gem Graphics offered discounted signage to raise awareness of the project.
The Hudgik house will be complete in early January.
About Michael Petrovick Architect
Michael Petrovick is principal of Michael Petrovick Architect, which specializes in residential, commercial, civic and sacred architecture. Michael works to bridge architectural design and technology while contributing contextually to the environment. His designs are committed to enriching and enhancing the lives of those within the structures he creates. Michael has served on the Board of Trustees of the George Holmes Bixby Memorial Library in Francestown where he oversaw the renovation and expansion of the library. He is President of the Board of Monadnock Music, a Board member of Pathways to Keene, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Community Church of Francestown and Monadnock Buy Local. He is currently working with the Francestown Improvement and Historical Society on the restoration of several historic buildings in town. Michael is an Adjunct Professor in the Keene State College School of Architecture. For more information, visit www.mjparchitect.com.
About David Hudgik
David Hudgik is a 17-year-old Keene athlete whose life was changed forever after a 2011 trampoline accident left him a quadriplegic. A competitive snowboarder and skier, David was known for his accomplished freestyle, his friendly manner, and loving heart.
For more information, visit www.DavidsJourneytoRecovery.com. To make a tax free donation toward David’s uninsured medically-related expenses, send a check to:
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