With the sun and warm weather out in full force, Alfred State College students were finally able to break ground on House 56.
According to Building Trades Department Chair Jack Jones, the foundation excavation and driveway installation are now underway on the site of the future Wellsville home. Students in the following majors will work on House 56 as a hands-on learning experience: heavy equipment operations; masonry; building trades: building construction; electrical construction and maintenance electrician; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Once completed, the 2,010-square-foot open concept house will feature three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large master suite, a two-car garage, a full basement, and a wrap-around porch. The house will be located at 3889 Foundation Drive.
While House 56 is now in its initial phase of a two-year process, construction on House 55 began in September 2017 and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019.
The houses Alfred State students regularly build for the Wellsville community, valued at more than $200,000, take two years to complete and are then subsequently sold on the open market and occupied.
Students build and detail the houses in a subdivision owned by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation dedicated to improving the Alfred State community through the support of educational programs. The Educational Foundation funds the construction of the houses.
Under the supervision of their instructors, tomorrow’s craftspeople prove themselves by building for discerning homeowners. For students, it’s an unmatched opportunity to put their learning into practice and gain real-world experience.
“These student-built houses are an excellent example of the terrific hands-on education that Alfred State College offers,” Jones said. “We’re excited to get started on House 56 and to be able to provide yet another high-quality house to the Wellsville community.”