Niagara College students build home for local family

Since the start of the Fall Term, Niagara College students have been busy working with Habitat for Humanity Niagara building a home for a local family.

This year, 70 students within the Colleges Construction Techniques and Renovation Technician-Construction (Co-op) programs will take on the challenges of building the home. The build site will once again take place on Frazer Street in Welland – the third Habitat home to be built at the location.

The students will split their time between on-site and in-class participation. The build site is utilized as a living lab for classes on building codes, blueprint interpretation and construction materials, giving students the opportunity to experience a real-world environment, overcoming real issues.

Students in the Construction Engineering Technology – Architecture program are also involved in the design phase of the project.

With a completion date slated for April 2011, the footings for the foundation have already been poured.

This is the fifth year, and sixth home-building project, that Niagara College students have been involved in as part of a unique partnership between the College, Niagara Homebuilders Association and Habitat for Humanity Niagara. Canadian Tire Financial Services is a founding sponsor and partner in the project. This is the third house to be built with an EnergyStar certification.

Habitat for Humanity Niagara works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are then sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Niagara College is continually working with Habitat for Humanity Niagara to better the lives of our community members.

Niagara College offers a wide-range of Construction Studies programs, including two-year Civil Engineering Technician and Renovation Technician Construction (Co-op) diplomas, a three-year Construction Engineering Technology advanced diploma and a one-year Construction Techniques graduate certificate. Students are exposed to diverse construction and architectural subject areas and often interact with the community through projects such as Habitat for Humanity. For more information, visit

NOTE: STUDENTS WILL BE ON-SITE MONDAYS 8:30-11:30 A.M., WEDNESDAYS 12:30-3:30 P.M., THURSDAYS 8:30-11:30 A.M., FRIDAYS 10:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M. /2:30-5:30 P.M.


For more information, contact:

Colin Robinson
Coordinator, Construction Techniques and Renovation Technician-Construction programs
Niagara College
905-735-2211, ext. 7873

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