BMHS Student House Build Program

Donations From CCI and Others Help High School Construction Program

May 29, 2015

By Hillary Gavan


Students, families, business representatives and School District of Beloit staff will be celebrating the Student House Build program at an open house set for 4 – 6 p.m. Tuesday. The event will be held at the newly-built student house at 1605 Bluff St.

On Thursday, the home was about 90 to 95 percent complete. Students were working to install carpet and put the finishing touches on the home. Siding work is scheduled to be completed Monday. Landscaping will be the last phase of the project. The home should be finished by June 17, according to Technology Education Instructor Will Neiers.

The project suffered a few delays due to a three-week late install of the foundation combined with a wet spring. Last summer a community member donated the property that was ordered to be razed. The property had a Ridgeland Avenue address at the time.

Corporate Contractors Inc. (CCI) demolished the old property and completed site excavation in addition to donating $50,000 toward footing, foundation and framing materials.

In September, instructor Mike Wagner’s Construction 1 and 2 classes as well as Construction 4 classes at Beloit Memorial High School worked on building the house alongside teacher Will Neiers and trade professionals. The home was turned to face Bluff Street which gave it the new address.

Between the three construction classes, more than 60 students were involved in building the home this year. They would walk over to the house, work for about an hour and return to school.

“Industry professionals came in every step of the way,” the district’s Career and Technical Education Director Ryan Rewey said.

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