Build-a-House connects Chesterfield Technical Center students eager to learn a trade with adults who need a home. The latest result is a 2,700-square-foot rancher located at 5117 Cogbill Road, where students, teachers and community leaders gathered this morning to dedicate the five-bedroom, three-bath house.
This is the second house built by students enrolled in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, advanced CAD, Cisco networking and landscaping programs at the Chesterfield Technical Center. The Cogbill Road house, where more than 300 students got hands-on experience, will be transferred by the end of June to Chesterfield Alternatives to become a home for four women who have intellectual disabilities.
Build-a-House began in 2008, on vacant land owned by Chesterfield County at 19300 Church Road. Chesterfield Technical Center students built a 2,200-square foot home on that site, which was dedicated in 2010 and is now home to three people with intellectual disabilities. The Build-a-House model of taking unused, county-owned land to provide students with real-world construction experience and create a comfortable home for people with disabilities is a winning experience for everyone.
Plans are under way for a third Build-a-House project.