When Elizabeth Gainey and Chris Warwick get married this fall, they will already have one of their biggest wedding gifts in place.
The Wayne County couple, who live near Goldsboro, visited Sampson Community College this week to take one last peek at their new home before it is moved from SCC’s Building and Construction Technology Department across county lines to where they will live after they tie the knot in October.
Carolina House Movers arrived on campus to load the 54-foot long house onto their trucks, a process that takes about seven hours, and hit the road to Wayne County this week with interested onlookers observing the process.
The thriving construction program at SCC serves more than one purpose. In addition to providing hands-on real world experience that is invaluable to students, it provides the opportunity for some lucky buyer to get a house at the end of the project for a much better deal than comparable homes elsewhere.
The tremendous building that houses the program has two large hangar-type doors so buyers can easily remove completed houses. Gainey saw the home on SCC’s very active Facebook page a while ago and the rest is history.
Barney Grady serves as the department chair for the Building and Construction Technology Department at Sampson Community College. The program, established in 2004, was designed to meet the construction needs for Sampson and surrounding counties. The program provides students with both the hands on aspects as well as the management side of construction. With courses like blue print reading, estimating, and building codes, students are prepared for all phases of the construction process. The list of available electives allows SCC to customize a plan that works for almost any student.
“Because of the extra time allotted and the attention to detail,” Grady said, “buyers are assured that TLC has been put into every single step of each house to ensure quality. It really is a great deal to whomever comes in to purchase these homes.”
This is the sixth home the college has sold and the seventh, which is already being built outside of the main building, is already showing interest from those who have heard about the program and are looking for a deal.
In 2006, the SCC Foundation partnered with Sampson Building Supply to fund housing projects that would not only present students a future career but also use the finished product to provide an affordable alternative for home buyers to get a brand new house for a significantly reduced cost.
“The Foundation is pleased to partner with the Building and Construction Technology program to provide this extraordinary training experience for our students,” Lisa Turlington, SCC Foundation director, said. “Upon graduation, they have real life skills to take into the workplace.”
The home features full plumbing, heating and air conditioning. The home is 1,350 square feet and boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open floor plan, popular among today’s buyers. It also includes energy efficient windows, cabinets, all plumbing and electrical fixtures. SCC’s homes have to pass all the same inspections as homes built anywhere else so professional quality is ensured.
“It is amazing to watch the precision and expertise involved in preparing the house to be moved from our campus,” says SCC President Dr. Paul Hutchins. “And to know that a young couple starting out will be the recipients makes it a win-win situation for the students and the buyers.”
Those interested in signing up for the Building Construction Technology program or if interested in the purchase of one of the homes, you are encouraged to call 910-592-8081 for more information.