Green Mountain High School Partners to Build Habitat Denver’s First ADU Home

April 8, 2019

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Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is partnering with West Denver Renaissance Collaborative (WDRC) on their accessory dwelling unit (ADU) pilot program. The program is part of the West Denver Single Family Plus (WDSF+) initiative, a housing strategy addressing the threat of involuntary displacement in nine of the west Denver neighborhoods. Green Mountain High School students who are registered in Geometry in Construction (GIC) course have taken on the challenge of building the first Habitat Denver ADU.

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Scott Burke is one of the original teachers who created the Geometry In Construction course for freshman and sophomore students. “It's more than just about construction and it's more than just about math. It's really about how we can work well together as a complete team." Scott continues, “This program allows students to gain confidence in themselves and teaches them that their hard work can help others in the community” 

Sophomore Avianna, one of the students building the 1-bedroom ADU shares, “I love being able to use my hands and I have faced my fear of heights during this construction experience.” She continues, “This project is so cool because it shows that even a little high school student like me can actually build a home for someone in need!”

Math teacher Tracy Csavina is passionate about the GIC class and the value of what it brings to her students. "You see the transformation," Tracy continues. "They're learning to work with one another, to get to know one another and communicate with each other."

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Volunteer instructor, Michael Daly who taught construction for 24 years at Warren Tech has bonded with these students and is proud of their hard work. "It teaches young people that this is honorable work.” Michael continues, "Some will go into it, some of them won't, but we kind of need to bring that respect for the trades back."

The hard work of GMHS has not gone unnoticed. Next year 18 high schools in Jefferson Country will be starting GIC courses focusing on building ADUs in partnership with WDRC. Thank you to the students and staff at Green Mountain High School for your hard work and continuous support for Habitat Metro Denver.

Click here to watch a story the Denver Channel 7 recently did on this partnership between Green Mountain High School and Habitat!

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What is an ADU?

An accessory dwelling unit or ADU is a simple and old idea: having a second small dwelling right on the same grounds (or attached to) your regular single-family house. The West Denver Renaissance Collaborative ADU Pilot Program provides qualified homeowners development, design, financial, and construction resources to develop an ADU. With Habitat Denver as the architect and builder, we've designed six ADU models including studio, 1-, 2-, 3-bedroom layouts. Habitat’s ADU designs and construction process aim to make them more affordable to purchase through prefabricated elements and pre-approved architectural designs. The ultimate goal of the ADU Pilot Program is to help existing, low to moderate income homeowners have an income-generating and anti-displacement resource.

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