Family Receives Home Built by Hawai’i CC Students
A Hilo family received keys to a new home on Thursday, built by the hands of students at Hawai’i Community College.
The keys were presented at a dedication ceremony after students spent the past academic year custom building the home.
Members of the college, the family, and community partners dedicated the home in a ceremony. The home is part of Hawai’i CC’s “Model Home Project.”
The Model Home Project was established in 1965 and is the 49th home constructed as part of the project.
Students from various fields participated in the project by designing, building, and landscaping the home. Students in the college’s architectural, engineering, and CAD technologies program designed the home; carpentry students built the home; students in the electrical installation and maintenance technology program installed the photovoltaic system; diesel mechanics students provided equipment maintenance; agriculture students landscaped the lot; and members of the Hawai‘i life styles program conducted the blessing ceremony.
Featured in the home are a variety of “green” features that keep up with the college’s commitment to sustainability. It has a solar water heating system, a photovoltaic system, many features that are Energy Star rated, low v.o.c. paints, and more.
The Model Home Project is a partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. DHHL acts as the developer and Hawai‘i CC provides the skilled labor force while educating students.
Since the program was founded, over 3,960 students in Hawai’i CC construction trades programs have benefited from hands-on experience through the Model Home Project.