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Building Institute

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.
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MODESTEhouse Dedication on Wednesday night at 5:30 at Fletcher Hall. Hope to see you!
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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 gjertson@louisiana.edu/337-278-2722, or Melinda Taylor, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity Executive Director at 337-258-4458.
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(All in Lafayette, Louisiana)


1. 2002‐2005 Cousson House, Vermilionville: Historic Restoration of 1850’s home ($70,000)


2. 2003‐2006 Acadiana Outreach Center: 15 installations / renovations / constructions ($200,000)

Parasol Bench


Parking Sentinels


Garden Gazebo


Storage Wall


WellMart Facade


Meditation Garden


Garden Gate


Performance Space


Parking Lot




WellMart Depot Lighting and Shelving


Lectern Canopy




Painted Paving


Overhead Entry Gate


3. 2005 Hurricane Toys: CNC Cut Games for Hurricane Katrina & Rita Evacuees


4. 2005‐2007 Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana: Playground (S), tensile fabric basketball court cover


5. 2007 Nil 90 Steel Installation Fletcher Hall: lighting and seating in university entrance-way



6. 2007‐2009 Solar Decathlon, BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home

(Received in grants and fund‐raised $509,730 in cash and $498,954 in in‐ kind goods and services.)


7. 2010‐2011 Louida’s Home, Habitat for Humanity Prototype Home, Lafayette, LA ($73,271)


8. 2010‐2011 EVENT house: Market‐Rate Neighborhood Infill House


9. 2011‐2012 NEXThouse: Market‐Rate Neighborhood Infill House


10. 2012‐2013 Yoshonna’s House, Habitat for Humanity Prototype Home


11. 2012‐2014 COURhouse: Market‐Rate Neighborhood Infill House


12. 2013‐2014 Wanda’s House Habitat for Humanity Prototype Home


13. 2013‐2014 Natasha’s House Habitat for Humanity Prototype Home


14. 2014‐2015 Camelia Art Park Gridshell Pavilion

UL Lafayette School of Architecture and Design
PO Box 42811 . Lafayette, LA . 70504