The Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Lethbridge Region (CHBA-LR) and Lethbridge College celebrated the start of the fourth year of The College Home partnership in a ground breaking ceremony on June 20.
Along with local builder Empire Homes, the partners broke ground on the next home to be built by CHBA builder members, suppliers, and tradespeople to benefit the new trades and technologies facility at Lethbridge College. The first phase of the new facility opened to students in August 2015.
In 2013, CHBA and Lethbridge College announced a unique partnership to build homes over five years with proceeds from the sales of each home going toward the new trades and technologies facility at the college. The first two years of the partnership were successful, raising $429,000 through the sale of the first four homes and exceeding the original goal for years one and two. The third year home sales are in the final stages with donation numbers expected to bring the total donation so far to over $600,000.
President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Angela Cornforth remarked, “it’s simply amazing. The longevity of this program, the support, the impact. Since the beginning I hoped we would reach our goal but to see it so close to completion in this fourth year; it makes all of the hard work our members have put in worth it. It will be even better to see those students walk through the doors of the new trades facility and know that we had a hand in their future.”
The College Home by Empire Homes will be unveiled this year at the CHBA’s Parade of Homes in Lethbridge, that runs September 10 – 25.
Empire Homes has an important reason for participating this year.
Wes Carroll, Owner, Empire Homes commented, “I’m doing this year’s College Home because I want to show the community that it doesn’t matter how large your company is, you still have the ability to give back and make it better. Even though my business is smaller than others, I felt the need to do this project. I have employed RAP students and apprentices in the past and watching how they learn and absorb what I have to teach them about custom home building is what gave me the push to take on this project. I want to make sure that future builders and trades are taught right and know what quality looks like. I’m also doing this because I believe what we do as trades in the industry is important and it is important to leave a legacy. We create communities and Lethbridge is a leader. Making a mark for future generations so they can say they are proud to work and live here is really important to how the world views Lethbridge.”
Lethbridge College is very excited to once again be a partner in this initiative and is looking forward to working closely with Empire Homes.
“The opening of phase one of the new trades and technologies facility has already provided new opportunities for students, and we eagerly anticipate the opening of the second phase in 2017,” says Lethbridge College President and CEO, Dr. Paula Burns. “To see a custom builder, like Empire Homes, step up for this project is thrilling. It shows that they see the value our facility provides to the training of future tradespeople, builders and industry leaders.”
The following trades and suppliers have committed to supporting the College Home Project for year four:
98.1 The Bridge
All Weather Windows Ltd.
Benchmark Glass & Mirror Ltd.
Big Rock Landscaping Ltd.
CanPro Deck & Rail
Carefree Kitchens & Lighting
City of Lethbridge
Deluxe Granite LTD
Domenic Land Development Corporation
Ensuite Bath & Kitchen Div. of EMCO
Exteriors by Leroy and Darcy
Hang-ups Closets Company Ltd
Inland Concrete Limited
KB Heating & Air Cond. Ltd.
Kodiak Mountain Stone Inc.
L.A. Earthworks Ltd.
Lethbridge Basement Ltd.
Logic Lumber (Lethbridge) Ltd.
Martin Geomatic Consultants Ltd.
Neu-Lite Electric Inc.
Normandeau Window Coverings
O&E Ventures Ltd.
Omega Flooring Ltd.
Overhead Door Company/Pella Windows & Doors
Progressive Waste Solutions
RAFA Enterprises Ltd.
Richard A. Low & Company
Stage Right Interiors
Timber Tech Truss Inc.
Top Drawer Custom Cabinetry Corp.
Top All Drywall Inc.
Wagner Construction Inc.
Bringing an inspired vision and expertise to every new home we build. Empire Homes is committed to 100% satisfaction. With a wide range of house plans, we have a home that will not only suit your lifestyle and needs, within your budget, but also give you the peace of mind of knowing that you have a quality well built home that will be there for generations. Empire Homes believes in the preservation of timeless values and traditions in outstanding attention to detail to ensure we build the new home of your dreams. It is our priority to understand your families’ practical requirements and special needs. Using the latest home building techniques and unyielding commitment to excellence, results in a quality home of unfading beauty, comfort and long term enjoyment.
Canadian Home Builders’ Association
Since 1943, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association has been “the voice of Canada’s residential construction industry”—one of the most vital and enterprising industries in Canada. Representing more than 8,000 member firms across Canada, CHBA members come from every area of Canada’s housing industry – new home builders, renovators, land developers, trade contractors, product and material manufacturers, building product suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers, service professionals and others.
More than 4,000 students are enrolled in over 50 career-training programs, applied degree programs and apprenticeships at Lethbridge College. Trades apprenticeship training courses are turning out tradespeople as agricultural equipment technicians, automotive equipment technicians, carpenters, cooks, electricians, heavy equipment technicians, parts technicians, plumbers and welders. Lethbridge College offers hands-on training, flexible learning options, and applied research opportunities for its students.