Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SLCC project home wins Parade of Homes awards

A home called “The Graduate,” built by Salt Lake Community College construction trades students, won two awards in the Salt Lake Homebuilders Association’s recent Salt Lake Parade of Homes.

The 4-bedroom, 3-bath home in Herriman Towne Center won the Best In Category award for homes in the $250,000-$350,000 price range, beating out four other homes in the Salt Lake Valley.

“The award speaks to the quality of our programs and the expertise of our faculty in helping students learn the construction trades,” said Ralph Tasker, SLCC trades programming manager.

The Energy Star home also won a blue ribbon for having the best cabinets, which were made of cherry wood and built by students under the careful direction of SLCC instructor Chaid Fail. Tasker said about 75-80 percent of the 3,000-square-foot home was constructed and finished entirely by students, except for the foundation, sheetrock and painting.

The last time SLCC entered a home into a Parade of Homes was in 2002. SLCC construction trades students build one project home each year. Student construction efforts on “The Graduate” began in August 2013 and concluded by summer 2014. Any profits from the sale of the home, which is currently on the market for $340,000, will be put back into the construction trades program for use in future student project homes.