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zigzibit22Tradeshow exhibit firm Zig Zibit Inc. played an important role in the season premier of ABC’s hit reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

This summer, Zig Zibit employees joined hundreds of other volunteers – including First Lady Michelle Obama – to remake the Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House for homeless women veterans in Fayetteville, N.C.

A producer of the show contacted Zig Zibit shortly before the project began in June. Extreme Makeover asked Zig Zibit to create the media room in a new house for Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy veteran and former chaplain. Marshall had opened her house to homeless women veterans, offering them support and resources to get back on their feet. At any given time, Marshall, the mother of two sons, housed up to three veterans in the modest, 1,500 square-foot home.

While Extreme Makeover sent the Marshall family and several veterans at the house on a Disney World vacation, Zig Zibit along the other companies and organizations created a new home for Marshall. The media room doubles as an office and resource room where the veterans can search for jobs, educational opportunities, housing and online resources. The room can be converted into a play area for children and can be used as a conference room.

Zig Zibit’s contribution to the 320 square-foot media room includes three 12-foot-by-8-foot movable walls in the center of the room.ZigZibit The three outer side walls are equipped with slide-out computer desks and square, padded benches that tuck away into the walls. When the desks and chairs are retracted, these walls can be pushed to the outside walls within the room.

One of the projects was creating a play area for residents’ children. The room contains an acoustic glass wall with a sliding door that divides the office area from the playroom. While the mothers are working, they can also keep an eye on their children. The opposite sides of the 12-foot computer hutches are equally functional. They house a flat screen TV and game console mounted to a custom wall that was designed and painted by Casey Robertson of Zig Zibit. The center wall also features a screen to be used during lectures or games.

“We created pieces on wheels and built tracks on the ceiling for bookcases to slide,” said Matthew Hylkema, vice president of Design and Operations.

The new house is now more than three times the size and able to accommodate more families and services.

“It has been an honor for our company and our employees to contribute to this magnificent project to help military veterans and their families,” said Jake Merzigian, president and founder of Zig Zibit. “Barbara Marshall is a true hero for all she does for these families. We’re proud that Extreme Makeover recognized our work and craftsmanship to produce a high-quality product rapidly – things we do every day. But it’s not every day that we get a chance to make a difference like this.”

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