Students Break Ground on First Student-built Home in Hermiston

HERMISTON – Early this week students began preparatory work for the foundation phase of the first student-built home, referred to as Fieldstone #1, as a part of the Columbia Basin Student Homebuilding Program. Working under the direction of local professionals provided by the Northeast Oregon Home Builders Association (NEOHBA), students began setting forms for the footing/foundation components for the home. A 2050 square foot, one-story, craftsman-style house with a large 676 square foot garage, will serve as the first of eleven homes to be built by students.

Later this week, students will be presenting the program to the local Rotary Service Club, and will soon be joined by eight additional Hermiston students as well as four more from Stanfield and Umatilla, once school resumes.