Nebraska students build homes.
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) -- For the ninth straight year, a home built by students at Central Community College-Hastings will be auctioned off.
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 cathedral ceiling
A high, open, usually slanting or pointed 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 heat pump: see air conditioning.
Device for transferring heat from a substance or space at one temperature to another at a higher temperature. 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 refrigeration, process for drawing heat from substances to lower their temperature, often for purposes of preservation. Refrigeration in its modern, portable form also depends on insulating materials that are thin yet effective. 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 Habitat for Humanity, nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization that enables low-income people to own affordable, livable housing. Headquartered in Americus, Ga., it was founded in 1976 by businessman Millard Fuller and his wife. homes, the clubhouse for the Elks Country Club, the Children's Museum Children's museums are institutions that provide exhibits and programs that stimulate informal learning experiences for children. In contrast with traditional museums that typically have a hands-off policy regarding exhibits, children's museums feature interactive exhibits that are and a gazebo built for campus use in 2004.