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Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes
Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes

For 40 years, students in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) residential construction program have been building houses as part of the partnership between FCPS and the Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE). This weekend, the 18th house in the series will be part of the Northern Virginia Parade of Homes. Parade homes are open from 1-5 p.m. on April 30 and again on May 1. 

The most recent FATE home---its  18th---has been under construction in Springfield for the past 17 months. And the home is especially unique because it incorporates elements of Universal Design, which make the home livable through all stages of life. A Universal Design house incorporates aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and includes features such as a first floor bedroom with accessible bathroom, 36” doorways throughout, wide hallways, an intercom system, nonslip flooring, minimal transition into the home, raised outlets, lowered switches, and blocking behind the drywall for grab bars.  The home also has a set of stacked closets that could be converted into an elevator shaft.  Universal Design homes appeal to buyers who are looking for features that make the home more accessible to an individual with limited mobility. 

More than 90 students from eight high schools in FCPS worked on the house.  As future builders, contractors, electricians, plumbers, masons, architects, and construction managers, the students receive on-site classroom instruction developed from industry-wide standards, as well as the opportunity to apply this knowledge in the construction of an actual house. Among the tasks performed by FCPS students are floor and wall framing; hanging doors and windows; assembling gable ends; applying soffits; reading blueprints; laying foundations; constructing stairs; installing hardwood flooring, cabinets, and crown molding; and performing various trim work. Small groups of students are also provided with instruction from the professional trades in masonry, concrete finishing, painting, plumbing, and heating and air conditioning.            

More than 30 students from the electrical construction and engineering program at Edison Academy also worked on the house. These students worked under a licensed master electrician to install the electrical system of the house, including low-voltage lighting, a whole-house intercom and stereo system, TV-cable-data connections, lighting and outlets, and appliance preparation.

The design emphasizes openness, comfort, and large amounts of natural light.  Outdoor living space is also incorporated by providing a screened porch off the kitchen.  Low maintenance finish materials were used to add to the longevity of this home.  The custom kitchen includes granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a walk-in pantry.  This home is located minutes from a Metrorail stop, schools, and shopping, and boasts more than 3,400 square feet of living space.  This single-family house is located at 7001 Springville Court in Springfield. 

Each of the previous 18 houses has been sold and the profits returned to the residential construction program to continue educating students in the construction trades. The house at 7001 Springville Court is the second home to be completed on the 13.48-acre parcel of land located at the intersection of Spring Village Drive and the Fairfax County Parkway in Springfield, where a total of 18 homes will eventually be constructed by students.

The remaining 16 homes to be built in Spring Village Estates will also have Universal Design features. Preparations are also being made to make these homes Energy Star compliant and to incorporate sustainable products wherever possible. Students are learning the latest building techniques and practices through a curriculum developed by the National Association of Home Builders.

The house at 7001 Springville Court is listed for sale by Greg and Connie Stiger of Integrity Real Estate Group, 703-778-2610. For more information or to view the home, click here to see the listing.

About FATE:

In 1970, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) called on its business and professional community for assistance in providing a unique, comprehensive educational program that would develop “in demand” vocational skills for participating high school students. In addition, an entrepreneurial component was integrated to better prepare students for a successful transition into the workplace. The result was the formation of a partnership in 1971 known as the Fairfax County Vocational Education Foundation, Inc. (FAXVO). In 1991, the name was amended to the Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE).Today, the Foundation consists of representatives from a wide range of business and professional organizations dedicated to providing resources, support, and career opportunities to students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. The FATE-sponsored CTE instructional programs facilitate active student learning through the use of contextual teaching whereby students discover meaningful relationships between abstract ideas and practical applications in the context of the real world. Furthermore, student risk-taking in collaborative learning environments and participation in work-based learning are reinforced.

Students are encouraged to become thoughtful, self-directed, life-long learners with a strong commitment to becoming participative members of society and the workforce. Through FATE programs, business partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives, the Foundation aspires to enable students to acquire industry-valued occupational and employability skills, confidence to pursue post secondary education, and broad-based global thinking that will propel them into successful careers. FATE will continue its journey to explore and search for new and innovative ways to establish educational environments that enhance student learning and therefore become a vital component of a comprehensive educational program.

About Parade of Homes:

The 2011 Parade of Homes features our area's finest builders and developers showcasing their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and master craftsmanship.

The area's most unique custom homes, remodeling projects, single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums will open their doors for this Self-Guided Tour on April 30 - May 1, 2011 from 11 am to 5 pm. The Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) will host the event for the 14th year running. Join thousands while they tour homes of all different designs, styles and price ranges. Admission is FREE!

Once again, the Parade of Homes has selected HomeAid Northern Virginia as their beneficiary. One hundred percent of the donated proceeds will go to build and renovate shelters for today's homeless children and families in Northern Virginia. In the past twelve months, NVBIA builder members have completed over 12 projects donating their time, materials and services. The Builders on Parade have raised over $300,000 in time and materials for HomeAid since 1998.

Join this worthy cause. You can donate online, and then visit the Parade of Homes tour map page which allows you the opportunity to select and build your Parade route by area of location, type of home and price range that you desire.

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