Since 2017, Front Range Community College’s Architectural Engineering and Construction Technology class has been designing and building gorgeous sheds to sell at the Habitat ReStore. This STEM Learning opportunity has had a great impact on the class each year.

“This partnership motivates students in a way that I can’t describe. Because they know the impact that this will have on Habitat’s ability to serve more families, the students are out here during their off time, on the weekends–putting in extra time to get it done, and as an instructor that makes me very proud.” Jamie Hahn, Instructor

The students come up with shed designs in class, and then pitch them to Habitat. After looking at all aspects of the design, including compliance with Larimer County and City codes, Habitat selects one model as the finalist, and it is then built in the Front Range parking lot. 

“This really is an excellent opportunity for students to get real-world experience working with clients and building to a sellable standard. Not only do they get to learn and apply construction and design skills, but the implementation of those skills will result in a positive ripple effect when Habitat sells the shed to raise funds for their work,” said Jaime Hahn, Program Director.

Former student Ann-Helen Wirtz was similarly excited about the opportunity. Her design was selected as the shed model for 2018. “[The Habitat parntership] provides extra motivation to build something great. It was a challenge to design something dynamic that any buyer could use for whatever purpose they wanted, but I hoped this allowed for a greater customer base and, in turn, funds raised for Habitat,” she said.

With the success of this program, other community colleges and universities are looking to create a similar partnership. Colorado State University is one of the schools looking to adopt this model for its Construction Management students. Even other departments within Front Range, such as the Interior Design school, are creating partnerships with the Fort Collins affiliate.

“We’re thrilled to have such wonderful support from our local students,” Kristin Candella, Fort Collins Habitat Executive Director and CEO, said. “We are always looking for ways to increase our reach through educational opportunities, and the fact that this partnership also helps to raise funds for our mission makes it very unique and impactful.”

To learn more about Habitat’s partnership with Front Range, please contact Alex at 970-488-2609.