The Building Institute is UL Lafayette’s integrated project delivery, design-build program. The program brings architecture students, architects, engineers and contractors together in the design and construction of single-family, market-rate homes. The homes are built on infill property in the urban core neighborhoods of Lafayette, Louisiana and then publically sold at a market-rate. Students work hand-in-hand with local contractors to build the homes which achieve sustainability standards such as the National Homebuilder’s Green Building Standard or LEED. The Building Institute is structured through a graduate design studio in the fall, a construction documents course in the spring and the construction course in the summer. Students receive academic credit for each course and in addition, several team leaders receive paid summer internships allowing them to accrue IDP credit. The Building Institute is not a simulation- it is hyper-reality. As architect-developers, the students become agents of change.
UL Architecture Students’ MODESTEhouse for Habitat for Humanity
Dedication October 18, 2017 at Fletcher Hall, 421 E. Lewis St. @ 5:30-7:30PM
[Lafayette, LA, 9/20/17] – The MODESTEhouse, a 216 square foot tiny home designed and built by UL Architecture students will be dedicated and the keys turned over to the new Lafayette Habitat for Humanity homeowner on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
Through a partnership between Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, Upbring Disaster Response, the UL Foundation, the UL School of Architecture and Design, Acadian Home Builders Association, Love Acadiana , and the Community Foundation of Acadiana, this $25,000 home was funded and will be sold through Lafayette Habitat for Humanity to an individual from New Iberia, Louisiana who lost his home in the August 2016 floods.
The MODESTEhouse features an innovative structural system similar to boat construction to make it extremely light and strong. The north wall is completely glazed with NASA-designed insulative polycarbonate and has continuous storage shelving on the interior. In addition the home has a covered porch, corrugated metal and cypress siding, solar panels, and energy efficient heating and air-conditioning.
The Dedication is open to the public, with a brief dedication ceremony to be held at 6 p.m., and the home will be available to tour before and after the ceremony. Parking for the event will be in the UL Parking Garage off of Girard Park. Light refreshments will be served.
For additional information or an interview contact W. Geoff Gjertson, AIA, Professor at email@example.com/337-278-2722, or Melinda Taylor, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity Executive Director at 337-258-4458.