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Fresno State students unveil tiny house project

Fresno State construction management students build a tiny house.
Fresno State construction management students build a tiny house. Special to The Bee

Construction management students at Fresno State are building a tiny house.

The 200-square-foot pint-sized house on wheels made its campus debut on Monday to raise awareness about the movement to simplify life into itty-bitty living space while showing off what Fresno State students are doing.

The house will be entered into the Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District’s inaugural Tiny House Competition in the fall of 2016.

The event, modeled after the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, is open to all California colleges and universities to promote an interest in energy conservation, energy efficiency, green building and solar technologies.

“We haven’t had a dedicated project for sustainability at Fresno State,” said Brad Hyatt, assistant professor in the construction management program in the Lyles College of Engineering. “We’re very excited to lead the way and have as many students and faculty and staff involved so we can show the Central Valley and California that we take sustainability seriously and we’re very interested in it.”

Nine construction management students designed the house, framed it and got it ready this semester for design students to finish it next year. The living space is about 160 square feet while the loft, or sleeping area, is 40 square feet.

Another seven construction majors, two electrical majors and one interior design student will figure out how to integrate the electric, plumbing and other interior designs including paint and appliances, said Brad Hyatt, assistant professor in the construction management program. The house will also include solar panels.

“Students are learning quickly that there are things you can design on paper that you can’t build exactly the way it is designed,” Hyatt said. “Those are valuable lessons for our students.”

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

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