A unique project to help support the new trades facility at Lethbridge College blew past its original goal of $750,000.
An innovative campaign that brought together local home builders, tradespeople and suppliers to support college students raised $804,343 over the past five years.
Launched in 2013, the program involved CHBA builders working with suppliers and tradespeople to build homes that were showcased and sold. Each builder then made a donation from the proceeds of the sale to Lethbridge College. Eight homes were built over five years and the final combined donations surpassed the initial goal of $750,000.
Proceeds from the sale of homes supported the construction of the 168,862 square foot, $77 million Trades & Technology Centre which opened in September 2017. The facility housesprograms that support the local construction industry, such as Engineering Design and Drafting Technology; Interior Design Technology; Welder, Electrician, Plumber and Carpenter apprenticeships; and more.
Seven different home builders led builds over the course of the project. They are Ashcroft Master Builder, (year one), Avonlea Homes (year two), Daytona Homes (year three), Empire Homes (year four), Galko Homes (year one), Signature Homes (year three) and Stranville Living (years two and five).