Hawai‘i Community College dedicated the college’s 50th model home built by students and handed the keys to the new homeowner, Luana Dang, and her family on Thursday.
Students in five Hawai‘i CC programs worked together to built the home. The project provides hands-on learning experience to students in construction trade programs at the college while also providing skilled labor at no cost to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, the project developer. The partnership results in an affordable home for a local family.
The 1,818 square foot home located on Pakele Lane in Keaukaha cost about $188,000, according to Hawai`i CC officials.
Students in the architectural engineering and CAD program design the home; diesel mechanics students maintain heavy equipment; carpentry students build the home; electrical Installation and maintenance students install the wiring; and agriculture students landscape the property. Hawaiian studies students help conduct the blessing ceremony.
Hawai‘i CC added many sustainable design features starting in 2011 that are now included in the homes. The 50th home includes a solar water heater system, Energy Star qualified appliances, Energy Star metal roofing and radiant barrier, native plant landscaping and more.
In total, more than 4,000 students have participated since the Model Home project was established in 1965. Many alumni who helped build homes over the past five decades have become licensed contractors, project managers and skilled tradespeople who contribute to the Hawai‘i Island construction industry.