Tuesday, December 13, 2016

WV Students Learn the Benefits of Offsite Construction

Students at the Putnam Career and Technical Center in Eleanor, WV, along with 11 other vocational schools across the state, are working hard to build homes for families left without shelter after the historic June flooding in West Virginia.

student tiny house.jpg

The project, known as Big Hearts, Tiny Houses, was made possible through a partnership between the West Virginia Department of Education and Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment with the goal of building about 20 tiny houses.

Schools were also given $20,000 to help in their efforts.

Across the state, these schools are facing a Dec. 19 deadline so the homes can be picked up and taken to the National Guard at Yeager Airport in Charleston and then delivered to families on Dec. 20.

With their deadline in mind, the students have been working overtime.

The students have had a little more than a month to design and build the tiny homes, which are about 240 square feet. The houses must be large enough to sleep six people and include a full kitchen, bathroom, laundry area and lofts on either side big enough for a queen-size bed on one side and two twin beds on the other. wow!

Although the school's carpentry, masonry, welding, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and drafting design programs have played a huge part in the building process, the project has really been a schoolwide effort.

If these students can do this with tiny houses, can you imagine how much they would enjoy working on bigger modular homes in a factory. There are programs out there training young men and women the skills so desperately needed in our industry.

We just need to find ways to show them what we do.

1 comment:

fletchergj said...

This is exactly what America needs....