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Collinsville Area Vocational Center Building Trades house ready for sale

collinsvillevochouseCOLLINSVILLE – A new home constructed by Collinsville Area Vocational Center Building Trades students is complete and ready for showing and sale.

Following 17 months of construction – representing nearly 11,000 hours of student hands-on work – the house at 200 Reed Street in Collinsville is ready for a buyer. The public may view the new home at two open houses: Saturday, June 17 and Saturday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The house, located at the corner of Reed and Church Streets, is approximately 1,700 square feet. It includes three bedrooms, three full baths, main floor laundry, vaulted ceilings, solid surface counter tops, gas fireplace, double car garage and partially finished lower level.

The home will be offered for sale through a closed bidding process. Beginning June 20, bid sheets can be picked up the Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 administrative office at 201 W. Clay Street, Collinsville, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bidding closes on Tuesday, July 11.

The Collinsville Board of Education will formally accept the winning bid during their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 17. If no bid meets the board’s minimum requirement, the house will be listed for sale.

Construction on the house at 200 Reed St. began in August of 2015. The site was once a dilapidated property. The condemned home was razed by Noeth Excavating of Caseyville. Rather than develop the property themselves, Noeth family members chose to donate the lot to the Vocational Center. George Noeth is a retired CAVC machining teacher and his sons, who own the excavating service, are graduates of Collinsville High School.

This is the 19th house built by Collinsville Area Vocational Center students. The first house was constructed in 1973. Due to increased costs and the housing market crash, the home building program was cut from the CAVC budget in 2009. Due to overwhelming public support, funds were reallocated in the CAVC budget 2013. Following the Noeth family’s generous gift of property, CAVC could once again offer real-life training for students interested in the building arts.

CAVC building trades students, under the guidance of instructor Justin Cann, worked during class time, two-hours a day for 340 days to build the house. Electronics instructor Kathy Hankins’ students — under the guidance of retired electrical workers — helped with wiring.

According to Dr. Tricia Blackard, CAVC director, the Reed Street house was made possible by generous support from the community.

“In addition to the property donation from the Noeth family, the city of Collinsville has waived or reduced thousands of dollars in fees. Oates Associates provided survey services at a significantly lowered cost. And through an agreement with Green Home Solutions and Southwestern Illinois College, SWIC students installed the HVAC system, resulting in an estimated cost savings of $6,800,” said Blackard.

Blackard said there has been a great response from the local home building community. Recently, the demand for skilled tradespeople has increased as the economy and housing market gain strength. Dr. Blackard takes many calls from leaders of local construction companies who are looking for apprentices.

Blackard said: “Tons of area builders came through our program, as their industry begins to pick up speed, they know where to turn to find future building trades professionals.”

Participants in CAVC courses can earn credit from SWIC. Blackard says today’s high school students often overlook fields in the trades. She says CAVC programs allow young people to apply their skills right away or pursue a two-year degree that can result in high paying wages.

In addition to building trades, CAVC offers instruction in welding, precision machining, college prep electronics, engineering, automobile maintenance technology, auto body repair, food services, clinical health occupations, early childhood education, criminal justice, and web/graphic design.

Blackard said thanks goes to the generous donations in support of the home building project:

● Noeth Excavating for the donated lot and discounted labor
● IBEW, and their representative Chris Huckins, whose retired electricians supported students and completed all electrical
● City of Collinsville for discounting fees ● Home Depot for the donation of materials (through the Miners Foundation) and landscaping
● Mike Hollingshead and CUSD 10 Buildings & Grounds for support with lawn maintenance, painting, etc.
● SWIC & Green Home Solutions for labor and installation of HVAC
● Remax Alliance for the yard sign
● Womens Home Builders Association for their donation
● Collinsville Chamber of Commerce for promotion and support

Additional professional services and supplies were purchased from Madura (foundation), Concrete Visions (flat concrete), Collinsville Ice and Fuel (retaining wall) RP Lumber, Lumber Liquidators (flooring), JM Masonry (brickwork), John Donohoo (plaster), Lite Brite (fireplace), Ford Painting, Goley Insulation, Embrich Plumbing,Frost Electric, Premier Door Company, Blake and Son, CSI and Sherbut Carson Claxton LLC.

The Collinsville Area Vocational Center is a two-year public vocational training center for junior and senior high school students. Housed on the campus of Collinsville High School, CAVC also includes students from four other area school districts: Mascoutah, Dupo, Lebanon and Triad. CAVC was initiated in the 1970s to allow school districts to pool resources and provide one comprehensive program that would otherwise be cost prohibitive. CAVC is a group entity, but operates under the governance of Collinsville Community Unit School District 10.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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