Groundbreaking Jan. 23 for Habitat for Humanity House

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 20, 2011 — A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, for a Habitat for Humanity house, the building of which is to be managed by a team of Southeast Missouri State University construction management students.

The house will be built on a vacant lot at 345 N. Fountain Street, at the corner of Fountain and North streets overlooking Missouri Park. The site is just a few blocks from the Southeast campus.

Work is scheduled to begin as soon as weather permits. Once the foundation is constructed by a contractor, building the structure can begin, said Kevin McMeel, instructor of industrial and engineering technology at Southeast.

The house will be a four-bedroom, single story, ranch-style house with about 1,300 square feet. The house was designed by a Southeast historic preservation student as part of a Residential Architectural Drafting class, McMeel said.

“The house will be built, primarily we hope, by the Southeast community – student organizations, faculty, staff, retirees and their families,” he said. “Building on the success of the first Southeast Build orchestrated by Residence Life a couple of years ago, we want as many Southeast people involved as possible. Obviously, we will take any community volunteers who want to work as well.”

McMeel says the future home owner and other potential Habitat home owners will be working alongside the Southeast volunteers to provide their “sweat equity.” While a team of three Southeast construction management students will manage the project, the labor will be coordinated through the Habitat for Humanity Southeast student chapter.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Jessica Cooper, president of the Habitat student chapter, at jlcooper3s@semo.edu or (314) 805-6540.