Nebraska students build homes.
This year's home, a 1,680-square-foot, three-bedroom ranch-style house, is likely the most efficient of the lot built to date, with a maintenance-free exterior and an energy friendly design, said Dale Janitscheck, Central's construction technology program instructor.
"I think it's top-quality myself," said Janitscheck, who has overseen work on all nine of the school's house construction projects. "We spend a lot of time and do it right. It's an open floor plan, with the kitchen, living room and dining room really open to each other. We haven't had an open house yet, but that's what the few people who have come out to look at it seem to like."
Some of the home's other eye-catching features include a cathedral ceiling and bay window in the living room; custom-built oak cabinets and eating bar in the kitchen; metal-clad window frames and steel entry doors; and spacious dining and utility rooms. An air-to-air heat pump will be provided but not installed.
"I think it's safe to say that all the components that went into the house have energy conservation in mind," said Kelly Christensen, associate dean of instruction for trades and industry programs at the college.
More than 75 students from the construction, electrical, heating, air and refrigeration programs have put in time on this year's project since it began in early September.
Though all nine homes built at the college have started with the same 30-feet-by-56-feet foundation, their floor plans have differed, based on ideas submitted by students.
What began as a part-time class with six students nine years ago has evolved into a full-time program where students can earn an associate of applied arts degree in construction management.
Besides the nine homes, students have completed numerous construction projects through the years for class credit. These include work on Habitat for Humanity homes, the clubhouse for the Elks Country Club, the Children's Museum and a gazebo built for campus use in 2004.