Student Build

About the Program

Instructor Joe Kruser with Advanced Construction Class


Student Build 2013-2014 from SCWBA TV on Vimeo.

This program began in 2007 as a collaboration between the South Central Wisconsin Builders Association, and the Janesville School Districts Craig and Parker Advanced Construction Classes. It is designed to be a working class room and mini Apprenticeship for the participating students, exposing them to every aspect of the build from foundation to trim.  We are helping to promote and educate the next generation of area builders and subcontractors.

How the Program Works

Each year a lot is purchased by the Association (preferably from a member, but not exclusively). An Association builder member steps up (a different builder each year) as the General Contractor to over see the project. Then come early Spring, our SCWBA Education Committee which includes members of the Janesville School District begins planning the next home from design to price point for sale.

Once the home and price are planned and set, the overseeing contractor and Education Committee solicits donations and/or discounts from subcontractors and vendors to build a “Profit Margin” which returns to the programs Student Build Fund. The Association fronts all costs of the build. Our future goal is to have the build program eventually become self-funded by the proceeds accumulated from each sale.

Kids Installing Siding

The process spans the school class year beginning in September and completing in May. We have an Open House in late May to show the home to the Association Membership, Vendors, families of the Students, and to the General Public.  If possible, the home is also included in the SCWBA Parade of Homes of September that year.

Advantages for the Consumer purchasing a home from the program are:

  • Immediate equity resulting from the reduced cost to build
  • Products & features normally not characteristic of its price point
  • An energy efficient home operating at minimal cost (most now are Energy Star Certified)
  • Full Builders Warranty offered by the Association and serviced by the overseeing Builder
  • Implied product warranties offered by the manufacturers
  • A home constructed to near perfection because of the scrutiny over each component
  • Limited buyer choices if purchased early enough
  • Add-on features offered at material costs only with no labor costs (i.e. deck, storm doors, etc.)

In Closing

All homes have sold quickly. Many have had offers within just a few days of listing them. This speaks volumes for how well the homes are built, the value they offer, and the reception by the community.

Student Build 2015-2016

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Student Build 2014-2015

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