CCA Parade of Homes Build Competition

This year our students will participate in the CCA Parade of Homes build competition.  As part of the Academy’s advanced curriculum students will be challenged to work in teams to design, engineer, and construct a fully functional 384 square foot Micro Home. 

Five teams of students comprised of engineers, architects, construction managers, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, HVAC and welders will work together in teams during the competition.   Each member of the team will contribute to the competition based on their skills learned in class.   Teams must adhere to the following criteria: 

  • Each team must complete their home no later than April 30th.

  • Parameters:  House cannot exceed 384 square feet, cannot exceed 16’ wide and must not exceed 13’ 6” in height. 

  • Must be fully functional i.e. utilities, bathroom, kitchen, sleeping area, etc.

  • Cash outlay cannot exceed $10,000.

  • Donations can be solicited with no limitations on how much received in donations.  

  • Must be portable (on skids).

Teams will be faced with the same challenges construction companies face every day in the industry i.e. codes, permits, inspections, banking, scheduling, troubleshooting, materials acquisition, etc.   Students will be faced with real world challenges and deal with the same expectations companies encounter on a day to day basis.   As part of the build competition students will need to:

  • Collaborate with a team on layout, design and style of home.

  • Engineer the property and layout the grades.

  • Draw the CAD and elevations.

  • Create a comprehensive materials list. 

  • Create a build schedule.

  • Prepare and do a presentation on their home. 

  • Investigate and adhere to building codes.

  • Go through the process of pulling permits.

  • Go through the banking process and disperse funds.

  • Maneuver through challenges faced during the build process.

  • Stage the home for the Parade of Homes showing.

  • Coordinate with a real estate agent.

In addition to representatives from each of the CCA curriculum strands, teams will include a:

  • Project Manager

  • Finance Manager

  • Safety Manager

  • Tool Manager

  • Historian/Documentation

The competition will culminate in a Parade of Homes and Trade Show that will be open to the community, schools, business partners, and the greater San Antonio area.  Homes will be judged by a panel of members from the learning community.  The following recognitions will be awarded:  

  • Best Overall

  • Best Design

  • Best Front Elevation

  • Best Floor Pan

  • Best Craftsmanship

  • Best Stairs

  • Best Kitchen

  • Best Bathroom

  • Best Roof

  • Best Teamwork

To ensure the success of the competition we need your help.  We are asking our parents, the community and our business partners to donate.  We are asking for donations of materials and/or money.   By partnering with CCA and NISD it will ensure the success of the competition.  The receipt and/or pickup of all donations are coordinated through our front office.  If you are able to donate please contact the front office to make arrangements (397-4294).  Click Here for more information on what and/or how you can donate.