Home Construction Project

For more than six decades, students have taken hands-on learning experiences to the next level by building homes from the ground up together across Lancaster.

Nearly a dozen faculty and approximately 150 students collaborate on this unique initiative each year. The college’s associate degree Carpentry Technology program takes the lead on the project, and second-year students and faculty from the Masonry Construction Technology, Cabinetmaking and wood Technology, HVAC/R, and Plumbing Technology programs also participate. They are joined by students and faculty from the college’s Electrical Construction and Maintenance Certificate program. 

Each year, these academic programs collaborate to construct a duplex in Lancaster County, with emphasis on providing high-quality, affordable housing in and around Lancaster City. Completed homes have repeatedly won the prestigious Fulton Bank Award

The home construction project is made possible by numerous donations and in-kind contributions of raw materials.

“This initiative helps our students recognize that they are capable of doing the high end work that it takes to produce award winning homes. This initiative truly helps build their confidence as they begin their careers. They will always have the opportunity to drive by the homes that they helped build and take pride in what their class accomplished.” – Dan McCord, Carpentry Instructor at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Interested in learning more about the home construction project? Contact Dan McCord:

Interested in making a donation or providing financial support for the home construction project? Contact Jenny Germann:   

Visit the college's social media accounts to view regular photo updates from the home construction project.

View an album featuring photos of the 2022 Fulton Award-winning home.

View a time-lapse video of the home construction project.