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Are Student-designed Homes Suitable for Building?
Student-designed, Handicapped-accessible Home Built as Habitat for Humanity Project

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, April 27, 2010

WHO/WHAT: The Capital District Habitat for Humanity will host a Dedication Ceremony for two of its recently built homes on Emmet Street in Albany—one of which, 16 Emmet Street, was designed by Hudson Valley Community College student Andrew Oakes in his Computer-Aided Design program in the spring of 2008.

Thursday, April 29 at 11 a.m.


15 & 16 Emmet Street, (North) Albany


Students of this Associate’s in Applied Science degree program, taught by New York State-registered architect and Associate Professor Susan Kilgallon, annually submit residential designs to the local chapters of Habitat for Humanity for consideration as building projects. The designs are reviewed and approved by professional architects working in partnership with both Hudson Valley and Habitat.

The design for this particular 1400-square-foot family home had to be handicapped-accessible. The home was built in 2009 and the family was able to take occupancy in December of 2009. Special features of this four-bedroom, two-storey home include one accessible bedroom and full bath on the first floor, extra wide hallways and an open floor plan, in addition to an entrance/exit ramp.

Students from Hudson Valley’s Habitat for Humanity Club, led by Kilgallon, also participated in the building of the home.