SoCalGas is teaming up with the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC) for the organization’s float in the upcoming Rose Parade, to be held on Jan. 2, 2023. The float was designed and will be built by participants of the Junior Builder program to commemorate BIASC’s 100th anniversary.
The 2023 Rose Parade theme is “Turning the Corner,” something the Junior Builders kept in mind when developing the float’s design. The BIASC entry will feature three homes, one from the past, the present, and the future to demonstrate BIASC’s leadership in the transition to the next generation of home building. The home of the past will be represented by a traditional craftsman, the home of the present will be represented by SoCalGas’ very own [H2] Hydrogen Home being built as part of our [H2] Innovation Experience in Downey, Calif., and the home of the future is a concept from the creative minds of the Junior Builder program.
SoCalGas CEO Scott Drury announced a $100,000 donation to support the expansion of the Junior Builders program to provide sponsorship opportunities for children from under-resourced communities to participate in the program and help construct the float at a recent event at the Tournament of Roses house in Pasadena.
“We are proud to be the leading sponsor of BIASC’s float showcasing their long-standing commitment towards building innovative sustainable communities for families today and in the future,” said Drury. “What makes this even more special is participants in BIASC’s Junior Builders program designed and will ultimately construct this year’s Rose Parade float. SoCalGas is honored to support the next generation of builders in Southern California."
The Junior Builder program began in 2019 to give 10-15-year-olds the opportunity to learn more about the building industry, offering online home design contests, interaction with building industry leaders and now this chance to showcase their work in the iconic 134th Rose Parade.
“We cannot wait to watch this float roll down Colorado Boulevard in January,” Drury added.