Tiny House Project
ASC Building Products is proud to have been a part of this tiny home project. This building was part of the Community College Innovation Challenge and it was sponsored by the National Science Foundation. While the house was not selected as a finalist, it did go to a national competition in Washington DC. You can read more on that by clicking HERE.
The Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) consisted of 10 teams of community college students tasked with developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based solutions to real-world problems. Categories were Maker to Manufacturer, Energy and Environment, and Security Technologies. The team from California’s Laney College worked on reducing homelessness with the Pocket House.
The City of Oakland approached Laney College about building homes for their homeless population and have even set aside land for them. While the time, money and resources needed to build a plethora of homes was prohibitive, the team never gave up. The students kept seeking a solution and eventually did find one, straying away from the traditional tiny house model. Using advanced manufacturing techniques such as computer numerical control (CNC) routing and prototyping, they were able to create a prototype home that was affordable, mobile and could be mass produced quickly.
The protype created, meant the city could make 100 houses in a year for a mere tenth of the cost of a traditional tiny home. Team member Richard Rothbart had worked with homeless shelters most of his adult life said he’d never seen a city be so pro-active with helping the homeless population. “It’s inspiring,” said Rothbart, who has a bachelor’s degree in sociology, but returned to college because he “wanted to use my hands.” The Pocket House project allowed him to combine his passion of helping others with his longing to create things.
ASC Building Products was proud to contribute our Skyline Roofing(R) 16″ metal roofing panels in ZINCALUME® Plus for this project. The photos below are by photographer Marisha Farnsworth from the launch at the Oakland Museum last October. Folks working on the project said “Thank you so much for your support on this project! We are very pleased with the outcome, especially the roofing, which we received many compliments on.”
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