For the past nine years Mr. Phillip Simmons’ Building Trades Class has constructed modular homes on the Botetourt Technical Education Center campus. During this time span six modular homes were constructed and sold at public auction. While this has been an excellent learning experience for the building trades students, modular home construction omits and limits the students’ exposure to numerous activities and trades. It is the goal and desire of the Building Trades program to involve students in every phase of home construction. In the past, students have not had experience in excavations, footer layout, foundations and forming, drain tile, total utility connections, heating and air conditioning, finished electrical and plumbing, backfill and final grading, seeding and landscaping.
The Education Foundation, in partnership with the Botetourt Technical Education Center, has developed a plan, which will result in construction of a new home in the Santillane development in Fincastle. Thanks to a loan from The Bank of Fincastle, the Foundation purchased a lot and will have access to construction funds allowing for the completion of the house project within eighteen to twenty-four months. The students efforts will be supported by the list of area individuals and businesses posted on this website. It is anticipated that this list of construction participants will grow as others become aware of this project.
Once completed, the house will be made available for public purchase, either through a real estate listing or public auction. Profits derived from the sale of the house will be used to support technical education activities and scholarships for Botetourt County students.