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Grundfos donates trailer to Central Unified for tiny house project

Grundfos Pumps donated a trailer to Central Unified School District so students can build a tiny house.
Grundfos Pumps donated a trailer to Central Unified School District so students can build a tiny house. Central Unified School District

The tiny house movement has hit the Central Unified School District.

Over the next two years, students in the applied technology department at Central High School East – those in woodshop, electrical engineering and other classes – will build a pint-sized home on a trailer donated by Grundfos Pumps Corp.

The Fresno pump manufacturer needed to get rid of a 20-foot-long marketing trailer that had a generator and plumbing. It got its miles and was going to be recycled in the scrap yard, said Sean Wolfe, Grundfos project manager.

But when Wolfe heard that Central Unified wanted to embark on a tiny house project, he set the wheels in motion to have the trailer donated to the district.

“We thought this would be a very good way to interact with the community, to give back, as well as to recycle this large trailer,” Wolfe said.

The trailer, about the size of a small recreational vehicle, was delivered to the district a couple months ago. Since then, students have stripped 60 percent of the trailer. They will keep the generator and the frame.

“The students are leading everything,” said John Custodio, wood technology teacher. “They’re deciding what it will look like, how it will be built.”

This is the department’s first large scale project. Students have worked on cabinetry and furniture, but nothing to this scale, Custodio said.

The future of the tiny house is unknown. The students have talked about donating it or raffling it off, Custodio said. “They will end up deciding what we’ll do with it.”

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

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