Student-built house now a home

Piqua: As first reported in the July 2014 edition of The Advocate, the second home custom-built by students at the Upper Valley Career Center is now occupied by four housemates who previously resided together at a different location Piqua location.15StauntonHome-guys

The CRSI home project began to materialize in 2014 at the Duke Center on the Upper Valley Career Center campus. Students provided the labor while receiving hands-on experience in carpentry, buildings and grounds, maintenance, electrical and HVAC programs as they completed two halves of the modular home. The two units were later delivered by crane to the property where it is now located on Staunton St. in Piqua. General contractor and supervisor of the project is Unibuilt Construction which built the foundation and moved the two section home for final completion.

The projects not only provide a real-world learning experience but they also give students an opportunity to give back to the community and learn about modifying a home to help individuals with disabilities to become more independent.

Examples of modified home customizations include lower light switches, thermostat controls, counters, cabinets and clothing rods; wider doorways to assure access by all types of wheelchairs; roll-in and fully accessible showers with grab bars; and more maneuvering space for wheelchair turnarounds.

The 2400 sq. ft. home features four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an office and a full walk-out basement.

Today, four gentlemen who receive support services from CRSI are enjoying their brand new home that caters to their current and future needs.