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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Coming to Springfield in September

Local Contractor N. Riley Construction Selected to Lead Build

August 19, 2011 (Springfield, MA) – A deserving family in Springfield will have their dreams come true in just a few weeks thanks the Emmy-award winning reality TV show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. That family will learn of their good fortune with a knock on the door on Sunday, September 11, when the show’s team of designers will surprise them with the news that their home will be completely renovated.

The build is a race against time involving a team of designers, contractors and several hundred workers who have just seven days (one week for the actual construction) to rebuild an entire house – every room, the exterior and landscaping. Normally, a project of this scope would take months, not days.

Chicopee-based, N. Riley Construction, was selected by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s producers to be the Lead Builder on the project. The Home Builders Association of Western Mass has also signed on to collect donations and help coordinate volunteer contractors.

"We look for builders with big hearts, great skills and a strong connection within their own community,” explained Milan Vasic, Senior Producer Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. “Nick and his crew at N. Riley Construction was the perfect fit."

The build officially kicks off with today’s announcement by the Domenic Sarno, mayor of Springfield, and Nick Riley. A kick off Pep Rally is scheduled for August 30, at 6 PM (location TBA) with work beginning on September 11, and continuing around the clock until September 18.

“We are thrilled to be part of this project and already have tons of support from the community,” notes Riley. “But we need your help and donations. So please go online and sign up to volunteer and donate.”

Organizations and companies that have already signed on include: the city of Springfield, Abide, Ingram and Associates, Southampton Environmental, Durkee, White, Towne, and Chapdelaine, Ondrick, Kohler, Kitchen Encounters, Kraftmaid Cabinets, Silestone, Emtek, Dki, John Pelland Electric, Fontaine Bros., Galen And Sons, Superior Walls, Mvg Home Improvement, Crystal Brook Decorative Concrete, Sherwin Williams, Masterpiece Finishes, Shubee, Contemporary Structures, USG, ABC Supply, Daltile, Baystate Rug And Flooring, Bouchard, Pro-Tech, Select Blinds, Lumber Liquidators, Garvey Communication Associates Inc., James Langone Photography, and Viz-Bang.

To donate, volunteer, or for more information on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition visit to Springfield, please visit

Several families are being considered and the recipients will be announced on the "door knock date." Local information, including the most up to date sponsors’ lists, behind the scene photos, and news flashes will be posted at:

ABOUT EMHE: The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now entering its 9th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

About N. Riley Construction: N. Riley Construction is a family owned and operated business located in Chicopee, MA, which provides remodeling, new construction, property management, residential construction and commercial construction services.

MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: REGISTER AT under Media Registration, if you wish to be credentialed to be onsite during the week of construction. Thank you.

Mayor Sarno with WNEU Students
Mayor Sarno on the steps of City Hall with General Contractor Nick Riley
General Contractor Nick Riley of N. Riley Construction addresses the media
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