Student Built Home in Siloam Springs

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Eagle 10 was built by students in JBU's construction management program.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (May 31, 2006) - On Sunday, June 4, John Brown University’s department of construction management will host an open house for its tenth student-built home in Siloam Springs, “Eagle 10,” from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The high-quality, unique home will be sold, and proceeds from the sale will be turned back into the construction management (CM) department to be used for scholarships, tools and equipment.

Each year JBU’s CM students construct a home as part of their degree requirements. Through JBU’s student run company, Eagle Construction, the senior CM students manage the project, and the freshman CM students provide much of the labor through their techniques class. Jim Caldwell, professor in the CM program is in his twentieth year at JBU and oversees the construction process.

Construction on Eagle 10 began on a clear lot this past August and was substantially complete by the end of last month. This is the tenth year that a house has been constructed in this fashion.

This year JBU purchased five lots in a subdivision in the developing north section of Siloam Springs. Not only are students involved in the actual construction of the house, but are also involved in the planning stages as well. During students’ sophomore year, they survey one of the future sites while juniors use the next year’s site as a beginning point for a house design project in their architectural design class. This hands-on learning experience is an excellent example of JBU’s desire to train the head, heart and hand.

Eagle 10, is 2,115 square-foot, two-story home with four bedrooms, two and one half baths, two living areas, a large kitchen, dining and laundry rooms, and a two-car garage. Unique construction features of the house include a crawlspace construction, core filled concrete block foundation, engineered wood floors, and an all electric system with two HVAC units (one for each floor).

The design of Eagle 10 was the brain-child of architect and assistant professor, Matt Pearson. While its basic form and material palette is consistent with the other houses of the subdivision, it has a slight contemporary edge and includes some features that may not find in typical houses including ample windows for lots of natural light, large exterior wood decks, stained wood trim, doors and cabinets, and wood floors in the entry, living and dining areas. Other unique design highlights include a “Chronicles of Narnia” type closet and interior windows.

The home is located adjacent to a middle school and new elementary school and is on a cul-de-sac with a wooded backyard at 502 Maci Court. The house is for sale and is being handled by CM instructor, Herbant Rodriguez. He can be contacted at (479) 215-9366.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 40 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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