DCCC, CHAD Host Open House

Lance Ziesch
DCCC Media Specialist
DCCC students and staff gather for a photo during Tuesday’s open house at 1601 Mulberry Circle. Through this ongoing partnership with the Community Housing Association of Dodge City (CHAD), DCCC Building Construction Technology students learn all facets of the building process.

Dodge City Community College and the Community Housing Association of Dodge City (CHAD) hosted an open house on Tuesday, May 11, to show off this year’s CHAD house, which is located at 1601 Mulberry Circle.

Through this hands-on partnership, which is in its seventh year, DCCC students build houses from the ground up, learning all facets of building construction.

This year’s project, which began in October 2020, is a 1,200-square-foot, single-family home. It contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage.

“This house is built next door to the house we built in 2017,” Mollea Wainscott, Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation assistant director said. “It will be finished in a few weeks and then listed with a realtor.”

Patrick Shiew, DCCC Construction Technology Instructor, said he thinks the project turned out great and the future homeowner will appreciate the extras the students built into the house.

“The tornado shelter is a unique feature this year, and this house is also zero entry, which makes it different than previous builds,” he said. “Zero entry means there are no steps coming in from the garage into the home. Basically, there are no steps to navigate.”

Wainscott said the ongoing partnership with DCCC allows CHAD to accomplish three things: to build additional moderate-income housing units, to train future workforce and to improve neighborhoods.

As CHAD and DCCC wrap up their 2021 project, they are already making plans for next year’s house, which will be a single-family home at 811 First Ave., Wainscott said.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the community college to provide affordable workforce housing,” she said. “We will pour concrete this summer and be ready for the DCCC students again in August.”

In addition to the come-and-go open house, Black Hills Energy also sponsored a free hamburger feed onsite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.