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Nicolet College - Nicolet Building Trades students to show off new home May 5; project sought for next year


Nicolet Building Trades students to show off
new home May 5; project sought for next year


April 25, 2012
The public is invited to an Open House Saturday, May 5, to view the latest home constructed by students in Nicolet College's Building Trades program.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the home located at 5617 Riverview Dr. on the shore of Boom Lake in Rhinelander.

building trades open house"I was very impressed with the overall craftsmanship the students displayed as they were building the home," said Jeff Labs, Nicolet Building Trades and Architectural Technology instructor. "They did a great job and should be proud of the quality of the construction they put into the home."

Last September students started construction on an existing foundation of an older home that had been demolished and removed from the site. Because of zoning laws and the fact that the foundation is only about 50-feet from water's edge, they had to construct the new home on the existing footprint.

"This meant they had to be sensitive to the environment around the home, especially on the property that was lakeside, so as not to have a negative impact on the shoreline environment," Labs explained. "It was a great experience for them to build a home in such a manner."

The two-bedroom, 1,920-square-foot home includes a deck that the students built around a tree that has been sculpted by a local artist.

Anyone interested in a career in the building trades is also encouraged to stop by the Open House to learn more about the one-year Building Trades program offered at Nicolet. Brigitte Parsons, dean of Trade and Industry at Nicolet, said students are seeing "significant opportunities" for jobs this year as the home construction business in the Northwoods is picking up.  She said she's heard from many contractors who are now scheduling work a year or more in advance.

Nicolet's Building Trades program is also currently accepting applications for a home construction project for the 2012-13 academic year. Anyone attending the Open House will have a chance to pick up an application and talk to Labs about the criteria for next year's project. Anyone interested in an application but is unable to attend the Open House can email Labs at

The home is located to the northwest of Hodag Park across Boom Lake. To get there, take Hwy. W north out of Rhinelander past the Rhinelander County Club, turn left (west) on River Rd., left of Trails End Road, and left again onto Riverview Drive. Signs will also be posted directing people to the Open House.