Student-built home taking shape

In a few months, Marshalltown Community College students will be able to add a three bedroom home to their resume.

Students in the construction technology class taught by Russ Yarrow are at it again, this time building their annual class project at 605 Grandview Drive in Marshalltown for Gary and Sheri Edwards.

Yarrow said building a house lets the learning extend well beyond what they are capable of doing in the classroom.

“This teaches them how to stick through to the end of a project,” Yarrow said. “It teaches them the endurance it takes to be able to complete something.”

The owners provide the materials and save a considerable amount of money by paying the college for labor.

“Subcontractors do the heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing and we provide the carpentry for the rest of the project,” Yarrow said.

Aside from the first floor, there is also a basement, garage and two back decks with one being a covered deck.

Sheri Edwards made a stop at the home this week and said the project is shaping up nicely.

“It’s coming along really good, they are doing a great job,” she said. “Russ is a fantastic instructor and he’s right there making sure they do everything the way it’s supposed to be done.”

The students began working with Yarrow on the home in mid-September. Yarrow said creative scheduling has kept the project on track despite the cold and snowy winter.

Second-year MCC student Blake Mohon said he feels he’s getting some good experience on this project.

“I’ve learned a lot,” Mohon said. “You can’t beat working out here on the job.”

MCC will hold a public open house event to show off the completed project from noon to 5:30 p.m. on May 9.

Yarrow said they are looking for applications for those interested in being owners for next year’s house project. To apply, call Yarrow at 641-844-5757.

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