Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MODULAR HOMES GO TO THE CLASSROOM

It's not every day students get to work on a project they'll spot years down the road and be able to say, "I made that."

Tri-Rivers Career Center, Marion, Ohio is continuing to work toward changing that as construction technology students make progress on building a 1,500-square-foot home. It is part of an effort to find hands-on learning to help teach skills students will need in the workplace.

Students started building the modular home in January, using plans provided by manufacturer Unibilt Industries. Once completed it will be auctioned off and students will start building a new house next school year.

The project is a change from the past when students worked on a Habitat for Humanity house, dugouts at the River Valley Baseball for Youth complex and similar projects. They've also learned one of the biggest advantages to modular construction, they don't have to drive to the project, which means more than three hours a day to work on the house, twice as much time as they sometimes had in the past after factoring in transportation and time to set up and tear down equipment.

These students are doing such a good good that a local company has already offered some of them jobs after graduation.  The power of modular housing!

1 comment:

William said...

Congrats to Unibilt. They have always been on the leading edge of doing community things such as this latest endeavor with the Tri-Rivers Career Center.
Doug Scholz has always been a great member of his community and gives back to them in big ways.
We need more innovative people like Doug and companies like Unibilt