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Students build house for community

Middlebury has made a new addition to the local affordable housing market. Students enrolled in the construction technology class at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, located next to Middlebury Union High School, completed the construction of a high-tech modular Cape Cod house that now awaits final construction details at its 372 Mainelli Rd. location. The site is located off Exchange Street in downtown Middlebury.

The career center, which opened its doors in 1971, has long been a recognized contributor of high quality, affordable, student-built homes to Addison County's real estate market. Two state-of-the-art modular houses have been built by Hannaford students since 2006.

According to Hannaford instructor Mike Kane, the new, two-story Cape Cod design was constructed at the school's indoor shop. Two house sections were transported, via crane and flatbed truck, to the Mainelli Road site last week. There, students will complete various assembly and detail work including the peaked roof.

"The students strive to construct affordable housing with many of the latest energy efficient features built in, "said Kelley Mills, cooperative education coordinator at the school. "Instructor Mike Kane tries to integrate all the latest green technology into these buildings. The future buyer will own a very nice house complete with hardwood floors."

Compact fluorescent lighting and recycled insulation materials make the new house bright, warm and environmentally friendly.

Several local businesses worked with student interns involved in the project working on everything from floors to kitchen appointments. For example, Dave and Paley Anderson of Middlebury Tile and Stonework, worked with their student intern in preparing the house's first-class granite kitchen tops.

Addison County realtor Peter Demong, with Coldwell Banker Bill Beck, will be responsible for placing the house on the market; the house-buying public is invited to visit the house and ask Demong about the building's price and other details.

Students involved with the project are Riley Billings, Chris Davis, Kaden Odell, Cody Steele, Corey Shalek, Paul Cowin, David Cunningham, Robert LaBassiere, Tyler Barber, Jon Carter, J.J. Ciaramitaro, Joey D'Avignon, Allie Foley, Synjin Moultroup, Abriele Pierro, Garrison LeDuc, Tyler Utter, Justin Briggs and George Ralph.

For more details, contact Kelley Mills at the career center at 388-1073.

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