Home construction completed project 2022 at Thaddeus Stevens College.

Home Construction Project

For more than six decades, students have taken hands-on learning experiences to the next level by building homes from the ground up together across Lancaster.

About the Home Construction Project

Nearly a dozen faculty and approximately 150 students collaborate on this unique initiative each year. The college’s associate degree Carpentry Technology program takes the lead on the project, and second-year students and faculty from the Masonry Construction TechnologyCabinetmaking and Wood TechnologyHVACR, and Plumbing Technology programs also participate. They are joined by students and faculty from the college’s Electrical Construction and Maintenance Certificate program. 

Timelapse video of the home construction project

Each year, these academic programs collaborate to construct a duplex in Lancaster County, with an emphasis on providing high-quality, affordable housing in and around Lancaster City. Completed homes have repeatedly won the prestigious Fulton Bank Award. 

“This initiative helps our students recognize that they are capable of doing the high end work that it takes to produce award winning homes. This initiative truly helps build their confidence as they begin their careers. They will always have the opportunity to drive by the homes that they helped build and take pride in what their class accomplished.”

Dan McCord, Carpentry Instructor at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

The home construction project is made possible by numerous donations and in-kind contributions of raw materials.