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Tech Students Celebrate a Job Well Done


4/29/2011

The Construction Technology students from the Montana Tech College of Technology will be celebrating the successful completion of their major academic year project – the construction of a four-plex housing unit for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana. The celebration is scheduled for Thursday, May 5th at the four-plex, which is located at 633-639 South Idaho Street in Butte.

Under the supervision of Bill Ryan, their instructor and Chair of the Trades & Technical Department at the College of Technology, the Tech construction students, along with other community volunteers and a local contracting firm, started work on the project in late August, 2010 and reached substantial completion in just under seven months.

“The students worked 3 to 4 hours each school day as a part of their Construction Technology academic requirements,” said Bill Ryan, Instructor and Chair of the Trades & Technical Department at the College of Technology. “Our Construction Technology students participated in every phase of the construction process - from the foundation to the finishing touches, all while working side by side with wonderful community volunteers and professional carpenters from Walsh Construction who took time to share their knowledge and work ethic with our future construction trade men and women.”

Work on this project started in late August, 2010 and reached substantial completion in just under seven months. The four-plex was constructed as condominium style living that meets all the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act so as to accommodate the intended residents, citizens of Butte-Silver Bow who have been determined to have some physical disabilities. It is the first of its kind built in the city.

“The partnership between our Construction Technology Program and Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana has been mutually beneficial,” said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. “Not only do the hours worked by students benefit Habitat and the future homeowners in the development of affordable housing for our community, the students also receive scholarship money through Montana Campus Corp to help defer their tuition costs.”

For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.