|Greenhome Open House|
Western Reserve Community Development Corporation and Auburn Career Center teamed up to build an environmentally friendly and affordable home, known as the Lake County Greenhome. The Lake County Greenhome is located at 7100 Auburn Rd. in Concord Twp.
On May 30, Western Reserve Community Development Corporation (WRCDC) and Auburn Career Center hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony with Lake County Commissioner Daniel Troy.
Western Reserve Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that builds and rehabilitates affordable housing throughout Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula County.
Bill Martin, President of WRCDC, began the ceremony by thanking the sponsors; the Lake County Commissioners’ Office, Chadwick Homes and Chad Pengal, Lake National Bank, the Crockett Team and Howard Hanna, Location Carpet Co., Active Plumbing Kitchen and Bath Design Center, PNC Financial Services Group and John Michael Galleries.
“I’m a 40-year-builder and have to tell the kids here they did an excellent job, an absolutely excellent job,” said Martin.
The greenhome was designed and built by Auburn Career Center students. Tyler Kern, a graduate of Auburn’s Architecture Project Management program, designed the home and Auburn’s construction students built it.
“We’re grateful because our mission is to enrich the community and this gave our program a wonderful new twist. Because of the skill of being able to have students have a real world project, when WRCDC approached us, we did say yes and thought we would try this project out for the first time. It’s been a wonderful partnership and experience,” said Margaret Lynch, Auburn’s superintendent.
Auburn students built the house under the instruction and guidance of Bob Hill, construction teacher, and Phil Stropkey, teacher’s assistant. The stunning three bedroom, ranch-style home boasts energy-efficient features throughout.
“When you look around the house, it’s really important to look at what these young men and ladies have done over the last year and a half because the work they’ve done has been phenomenal work. They put their heart into the project. The students saw this from a bare, grassy lot right to the surveying, through the digging, then the foundation and all the way to the point that they’re at now. They’ve worked on this house in the winter; that’s the real world of construction,” said Hill.
“We’re very fortunate; we don’t have one senior that is looking for a job. We could have employed at least twice over for the amount of companies that would like to have our students. It’s a great attribute to the program that employers want our students.”
Commissioner Daniel P. Troy helped commemorate the occasion by cutting the ribbon during the ceremony.
Commissioner Troy said, “It’s all about partnerships. It’s a great event for Lake County as a whole because there are so many people involved. We help a wonderful group like WRDC put together these partnerships. I think we have a jewel in Auburn Career Center in Lake County and the many wonderful things they do.”
Commissioner Troy addressed the students that were involved with the construction of the house.
Commissioner Troy addressed the students that were involved with the construction of the house. “We’re going to need you young people with the skills you demonstrated so well on a project like this. We’re certainly proud of the work you’ve done here and proud of the skills you’re developing. You’re also doing this a little bit different because this is considered an energy–efficient greenhome which really is the way of the future. Not only are things constructed more efficiently and as inexpensively as possible, but then they are livable in a more efficient manner in terms of utility bills, etc. I can’t say enough about how proud Lake County is about you, the students of Auburn Career Center, for what you’ve done. You’ve left something for many generations of Lake County to enjoy with this facility. Congratulations.”