Student creations go to the highest bidders

May 12, 2015

Seniors at Northside ISD’s Construction Careers Academy have taken on the biggest challenge of their high school careers over the past several months- designing and building three homes from shipping containers. Now that the transformation is complete, the public is invited to tour the homes at a Community Showcase before they are sold at auction.

Editor's Note- All three shipping containers were sold at the auction Saturday, May 16- LEED/Green Living,  $37,500; ADA/Wounded Warrior, $41,000; and Man Cave,$46,500

As part of the magnet school’s second annual Parade of Homes building competition students converted three shipping containers into homes ranging in size from 320 to 470 square feet. Each home will be sold at auction which will take place on Saturday, May 16 starting at 11 a.m. The school is also hosting a free Parade of Homes Community Showcase on May 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Community Showcase will also include a silent auction of student-built items, a showcase of home products, and concessions.

Three teams, each comprised of approximately 20 students, began their work last fall. Teams are made up of students representing each strand of study at CCA: Construction Technology, Construction Management, Architectural Design, and Applied Engineering.  Students were able to use the skills they’ve honed in their almost four years at CCA, serving as architects, engineers, project managers, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. Like in any construction job, they’ve been required to submit design plans, pull permits, adhere to building codes, and be ready for onsite inspections.

Each home has a theme- Man Cave, ADA/Handicap Accessible, and LEED/Energy Efficient. Though each home looks different, they each had to include some of the same elements including a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area.

Last week, a panel of judges toured the homes and determined an overall winner of the competition, the LEED-inspired design. They also selected award winners for kitchens, floor plans, bedrooms, and designs. Visit the Northside Facebook page for an album of pictures from judging.

For more information about the Community Showcase and to see photos of the homes up for auction, visit the CCA website.

CCA is located on the Warren High School campus, 9411 W. Military Drive.