Alternative Learning Center Tiny House Project

Through this project students investigate house design and residential construction, emphasizing sustainable development. In designing the systems and interior of the 160 square foot Tiny House, students will implement green technologies such as solar energy and grey water recycling. Local experts will mentor the construction classes through design and material selection. Students will research, design, and construct the systems and Tiny House finishes, resulting in a fully functional, environmentally friendly house. 

The Tiny House will act as a catalyst for developing and maintaining a program that offers in-depth experiences into construction related trades. Students are working to develop and build the first Tiny House in an 9 month time period. The Tiny House project will be community sponsored through in-kind educational volunteerism and financial support. Upon completion, the Tiny House will be featured at various school functions and community events. The Tiny House will be sold, and the intention of the Tiny House sale is to self-fund future building opportunities for students at the ALC. Donations can be made to the FDPS Project Based Learning Fund to support this project.

The ALC Tiny House project is off to a great start thanks to our donors. A big shout out to Conlon Construction and Old Chicago for donating the funds to get the project started. Several local businesses have donated their time to instruct our students hands on. We can't wait to see the final project.

May 2019 Tiny Update

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