Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Boyd Johnson: Habitat for Humanity

Boyd Johnson is an instructor in the Construction Management and Sustainable Building department. He has been instrumental in SLCC students' success; his teaching prepares them for the National SkillsUSA competition and for careers using innovative techniques, as employed in the College's recent collaboration with Habitat for Humanity to build a new project home.

Boyd's students in the College's building and construction program volunteered their time and expertise to help Habitat for Humanity build a home loaded with sustainable 'green' features in Park City. The completed home was recently Utah's third residential project to be awarded LEED Platinum Certification—the highest certification for energy efficiency and environmental design that single-family homes can receive. Boyd and his students are currently working on another project for Habitat for Humanity on an adjacent lot in Park City.

For Johnson, the Habitat for Humanity projects are a perfect for his department and the College because they offer students learning experiences that are only possible while working on a real-world project. "The Habitat for Humanity house projects really  teach students how to build. It gives them everyday work experience," he said. Boyd also thinks that getting involved with Habitat for Humanity has been a benefit to the program. "I think it's been great for our curriculum. It's great to build for someone else—not just to build and sell," he said. "There's just something about taking a piece of ground and building a home where a family is going to live that's rewarding."