On a blustery, snowy and unusually cold April 4, Niagara College Construction Techniques students and faculty, along with the Niagara Volunteer Framers Association, and operators of cranes, flatbed trucks and many others, moved the Habitat for Humanity Niagara modular house from the college’s campus to 246 Martin Street in Welland.
Each of the sections was rolled outside and lifted by crane to a flatbed truck, then slowly driven to Martin Street where another crane lifted the pieces into place and the Niagara Volunteer Framers Association connected it all with precision.
Built as part of Habitat’s Youth Building Program, in partnership with the College’s Construction Techniques and Renovation Technician programs, 70 students have been working on the construction of the modular Habitat home since September. This is the 11th home built as part of the Habitat/Niagara College partnership but it’s the first time that the house is being constructed in a modular style on the Niagara College Campus in the Rankin Technology Centre.
The final construction will take place over the next two months with the help of community groups and corporate volunteers.
Volunteers included Niagara College Renovation Technician Construction graduate (2011) Mike Barnfield, who now owns and operates his own roofing company, Barnfield’s Residential Roofing Ltd. Barnfield, who as a student participated in the College’s Habitat Niagara Build on Fraser Street, has now volunteered his services to complete the roof on the Habitat home.
The raised bungalow is the future Habitat home for the Palma family and their three children. For more information about the Palma family click here:
The raised bungalow is the future Habitat home for the Palma family and their three children. For more information visit