Posts Tagged ‘construction technology’

High School Training Students for Construction of Modular Homes

September 20th, 2017 Comments off

PortageTeensBuildingHouseNWIDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsBuilders of conventional, manufactured, and modular homes have routinely stated their need for more skilled labor.  The Daily Business News has tracked those challenges, one recent example, is linked here.

Now Chesterton, Indiana, high school students in the construction technology program are busy building a modular home on the school’s grounds, per veteran reporter Carmen McCollum for Northwest Indiana (NWI).

Instructor Tom Garzella reportedly stated that he’s secured a contract with Valparaiso, IN based Housing Opportunities, to buy their home for use by the nonprofit for the low-income, or the homeless.


We’re building a three-bedroom, one-bathroom modular home, about 900 square feet,” Garzella said. “We’re building it in two halves; then it will be put together when it’s moved to the site.”

Caren Furdeck, director of development for Housing Opportunities, expressed her thoughts like this, “We are excited to see this younger generation so involved and engaged in social justice and giving back to their community.”


This is the launch of this idea,” Furdeck said.


Hopefully, it will be successful, and we can continue this partnership. How great will it be for these students to be able to say they had a part in this project and contributed to their community,” Furdeck stated.


Garzella said the costs to build the modular home was about $26,000, and they’ve sold it to Housing Opportunities for about $35,000.  The profits are to go back into the program. ## (News.)

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Modular Epoch Homes Honored Twice

October 29th, 2012 Comments off

As Melodika tells MHProNews, the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Building Systems Council (BSC) awarded Epoch Homes first place for the best 3,001-4,000 square foot modular home at their Jerry Rouleau awards Showcase. Epoch also won first place for Excellence in Design-Green Building. With numerous honors under its belt, the company built this ocean front home on Cape Cod, Mass. in conjunction with Old Harbor Homes, incorporating structural elements to take advantage of the expansive view as well as to resist strong storms. John Ela, Epoch CEO stated, “We often say that modular should be viewed as a construction technology that saves time and money, rather than a particular look, or a cookie cutter design, and this home is a great illustration. Our long history of building award winning homes has gone a long way to dispel old myths and misunderstandings about modular homes. (They) are faster, lower cost, higher quality and lower risk, than other construction technologies.” Now in its 30th year, Epoch has been a trailblazer in the green technology modular home movement, including LEED Certification and the National Green Building Standard Emerald level.

(Photo credit: Epoch Homes–Cape Cod award-winning house.)

Modular Student-built House to be Auctioned

June 13th, 2012 Comments off

The MarionStar in Marion, Ohio tells the 1,525 square foot modular house that students in construction technology at Tri-Rivers Career Center have been building since Jan. 2011 will be auctioned off June 18. The three bedroom, two bath home is based on a design from Unibilt Industries. The buyer will have to pay for moving the home and installation of plumbing and electrical, and the bidding will start at $25,000. Tri-Rivers Superintendent Chuck Speelman, estimating materials cost $45,000, says, “These kids got to see something from beginning to end. I think it’s going to be a source of pride (for them).”

(Photo credit: James Miller/Marion Star–Students pictured l-r: Brandon Miller, Brent Daniels, Ethan Rasey)

HS Students Build Modular Home

May 10th, 2012 Comments off

The SeattleMedium tells the Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC) in the Seattle, Washington area offers a Construction Technology course where students build a modular home that is then sold by the school system. Teacher Ken Pierson says the course is great for students who like to use their hands but don’t do well sitting in a classroom situation. Students often split their day between PSSC and their sender high school.

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