- Wichita Falls ISD
- Community Insider Spring/Summer 2019
The House that WFISD Built
The House that WFISD Built
This is the Wichita Falls Independent School District’s biggest, most expensive and exciting student-fueled project ever
The finished house, the first one ever built exclusively by WFISD students, stands on the back lot of the Career Education Center in May 2019.
The Career Education Center’s biggest, most expensive project ever is sitting on its back lot – a 700-square-foot, 1 bedroom, 1 bath home with front porch, living area, kitchen, dining area and laundry. The home is equipped with a tankless water heater and energy-efficient heating and cooling for possible off-the-grid living as a lake or hunting lease house or mother-in-law cottage.
The home is a first of its kind. It is the first home built entirely by the Wichita Falls Independent School District construction students. But it also represents an exciting collaboration with other WFISD students. Its architecture students designed it, its plumbing students plumbed it, its electrical students wired it up, and its marketing students will market its sale to the community. The project is the brainchild of teacher Scott Little, who envisioned such a project that would involve the collaboration of Career Education Center students across many disciplines.
The project began with a contest among architecture students under the direction of architecture teacher Amy Hughes during the 2017-2018 school year, the CEC’s inaugural year. Mr. Little took the role of client. He asked each architecture student to draft a small, modern home plan with a porch and windows, designing with dimensions that would allow the house to eventually be transported on the highway to the buyer’s property. Later, like a typical client, he changed the parameters slightly, asking for a more traditional look to appeal to more buyers.
Students’ designs were narrowed down to three; finally, junior Donovan Williams’ design was selected in early spring 2018. He was one of four architecture students who used his class design as a project submission to the Skills USA competition, which qualified him for state competition. The design was passed on to the 2018-2019 construction students, who laid the sub-floor before school let out for the summer.
The CEC House Project received generous funding from the North Texas Home Builders Association – a $4,200 donation in 2018 and another $5,760 in 2019.
In the 2018-2019 school year, construction students framed the home, roofed it, installed external cladding, HVAC systems and insulation. Under the direction of teacher and master plumber Danny Cozby, plumbing students plumbed the house. Under the direction of teacher and master electrician Chris Wilbur, electrical technology students wired it up.
“We hope to sell it for what we have in it and use the proceeds to build something bigger next time,” said Mr. Little.
This is the most expensive project WFISD has ever tackled. As the home-building project continues with a new two-year, design-and-build cycle, the program welcomes donations of all kinds. For more information on contributing to the CEC’s next home-build, contact Michelle Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (940) 235-1000, ext. 33005.