GRIPBlock CEO Montu Khokhar noticed a collapsed highway barrier along Toronto’s busy 407 highway hadn’t been replaced for months – he decided to take action. GRIPBlock stepped in to help the affected homeowners and constructed a 100% green GRIPBlock barrier for two homes, at no cost.
“We thought it was important to step in and help our community. It was something we could do quickly and affordably because of how easy it is to build with GRIPBlock. We don’t have to lay foundation and the blocks simply stack atop one another creating a much stronger barrier than the one we replaced.” said, Mr. Khokhar.
Built from GRIPBlock’s renewable and reusable wooden blocks, the new barrier is stronger and will last much longer. The blocks, constructed from sustainably-sourced Canadian timber and aluminum provide improved sound dampening, natural beauty and greater utility. “The new barrier is a significant improvement.” said Claire, one of the homeowners. “It not only blocks out more of the highway noise, it also looks great from inside our yard.”
Once the city approved GRIPBlock’s solution the new barrier was built in less than a day.
GRIPBlock’s inventor noted that the city’s previous fencing represented the old way of doing things, where structures are built up and ultimately deconstructed, destroyed and replaced due to wear and tear, whereas with GRIPBlock, “it’s new technology, all about reusable building materials, just like LEGO blocks, anybody can make it, anybody can use it. This is a great start.”
As part of its commitment to Build Back Better, GRIPBlock constructed dozens of social distancing structures for schools, outdoor rinks for communities, and over 150 outdoor patios as part of Toronto’s COVID-safe outdoor dining program, CaféTO.