Western and Purdue students work together.
Students from Western and Purdue University’s construction management program were among the volunteers that worked on a Habitat for Humanity house in the Bristol Park subdivision in Lafayette, Ind.

CULLOWHEE - Last spring, construction management students from Western Carolina University were joined by students from Purdue University to build a Habitat for Humanity house in Sylva.

This spring, some Western students traveled to West Lafayette, Ind., to return the favor.

About 20 students representing both schools recently helped construct a house in Lafayette’s Bristol Park subdivision. The project gives students the opportunity to see first hand some of the steps involved in the construction of a house, while simultaneously providing a valuable service to the community, said Bradford Sims, associate professor and director of WCU’s construction management program.

“It’s good experience for us, as far as getting out into the field and working,” said Western student Steve Painter. “It’s also always good to meet other people from different programs and listen to what they have to go through.”

Purdue’s construction engineering and management department has been involved in Habitat for Humanity projects for several years. Last year, Purdue and Western students helped build a house for the Jackson County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

“Since I’ve been there, we got to know the people and make some good connections and some good friends,” said Brian Boss, Purdue University electrical contractors association president.

Construction management is a professional service that applies effective management techniques to the planning, design and construction of a project from the beginning to end for the purpose of controlling time, cost and quality.

For more information about Western’s construction management program, contact Bradford Sims at (828) 227-2175 or via e-mail at bsims@wcu.edu.

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