Lincoln Housing Authority will hold an open house Wednesday, May 16, from 4-6 p.m. to celebrate the construction of a house on 6920 Garland St. built by Lincoln Northeast High School students.
A 5 p.m. program will honor the students and recognize contributions made by the Sowers Club of Nebraska Foundation, Home Builders Association of Lincoln and Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation.
The home was built by Northeast students under the supervision of instructor Bob Freese and assistance of Neal Simley. The three-bedroom, two-bath house has approximately 1,211 square feet of living space.
A total of 24 houses have been built by Northeast High School students since the program started in 1994. Houses built by Northeast High School students are sold to Lincoln Housing Authority tenants under the Housing Authority’s lease/purchase home ownership program.
The Lincoln Public Schools’ residential construction program gives students the opportunity to learn about construction trades as a career while generating an affordable housing unit. Students frame-in the house, install siding, roof sheathing, and apply foundation insulation coating, interior painting, install doors and do finish carpentry.
Lincoln Housing Authority funds pay for excavating the basement, pouring the foundation, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical and concrete work, all of which are subcontracted out. The general contractor for this year’s house is Ken Inness Construction.
Students who built the house are Jediah Brown, John Cejka, Kaleb Chase, Cassidy Dils, Robert Hansen, Dylan Heinbigner, Alex Ruhnke, Donovan Speer, Nick Spencer, Mason West, Ricky White, Cole Holmes and Caeden Sklenicka.