|Lake County Greenhome Groundbreaking|
Lake County Greenhome Project Begins in Concord
Western Reserve Community Development Corporation and Students of Auburn Career Center Break Ground for an Environmentally Friendly Home.
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (November 1, 2013) – The cold weather and early flurries last week could not dampen the enthusiasm of those in attendance at the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the first Greenhome to be built in Lake County. Board members, county officials, business representatives and Auburn students gathered at 7100 Auburn Road in Concord to take part in the ceremonial ground breaking. The digging of dirt represented both the beginning of construction for an environmentally friendly home and the project partnership between Western Reserve Community Development Corporation (WRCDC) and Auburn Career Center.
Working together is not new for these two organizations. “In 2011, Auburn Career Center assisted Western Reserve Community Development Corporation by installing a pavilion and completing the landscaping in the park of the WRCDC Asper Commons development as a part of a Day of Service,” states Executive Director, Sabrina Waytes. “Due to the success of that project, we decided to explore the possibility of working together to build a home. We wanted the project to emphasize three core values of both of our organizations - affordability, education and the environment. Thus, the Lake County Greenhome was conceived.”
Plans call for the 1,861-square-foot ranch style home to have 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The one story living home was designed by 2012 Auburn graduate Tyler Kern whose parents Bill and Becky were represented at the ceremony. To be built to higher than required energy standards reflecting lower operating costs, the Greenhome will have low maintenance exteriors and high efficiency heating and cooling equipment. Proven green building technologies will be used. The home will include the following energy efficient features:
- Energy Star Appliances
- Blown-In Cellulose Insulation
- Advanced Lighting Package
- Low/NO-VOC Paints and Stains
- Recycled Content Flooring
- High Efficiency Furnace and Hot Water Tank
- Low Flow Plumbing Fixtures
- Wood Windows and Doors
The project will officially begin construction the first week in November and should be completed sometime in 2014. Western Reserve Community Development Corporation is the developer for the project. Trades will incorporate the students’ talents in all phases of the project. “Working with WRCDC is a dynamic opportunity for our students to live out our mission ‘to enrich our community’ by using skills learned in the classroom to improve opportunities for Lake County citizens,” states Superintendent, Maggie Lynch. “We thank the Auburn Board of Education for affirming partnerships between our career programs and local businesses resulting in these types of endeavors.”
This project is made possible by a number of partnerships. The land was purchased using funding provided by the Lake County Commissioners, Lake National Bank is financing the development and there are a number of sponsors including PNC Bank, Lake National Bank, Active Plumbing, Location Carpet, Chadwick Homes and John Michael Galleries. For sponsorship information or to seek additional details on the project visit www.wrcdc.org or call 440.357.4400.