Contractors are taking advantage of the good weather and are making good progress on the construction of the house that is being built to be sold with excess funds going to benefit the Real Estate Programs at the University of St. Thomas.
Workers were busy last week setting the trusses on the UST Real Estate House located at 6443 McCauly Terrace in Edina. Construction began in mid-October when crews excavated the basement and began pouring the foundation and the basement walls. Framing is expected to be completed next week. The house will be completed in mid-February just in time for the house to be featured in the 2014 spring Parade of Homes. The general contractor on the project is JMS Custom Homes who is also a major sponsor, donating its services to make sure the house is completed on budget and on time. Building the house to benefit the Real Estate Programs at the University of St Thomas was a concept that was proposed and adopted by the UST Real Estate Advisory Board (REAB) as a major fundraising initiative. The idea behind the project was to solicit the donation of cash and/or building materials that will be used to build the house at a greatly reduced cost basis. The subcontractors are providing services and/or materials for the project at no cost, or at reduced cost, to help reduce the cost of construction. Many of the members of the Advisory Board have made donations towards the project or used their connections to locate other donors. The difference between the sale price of the home and the cost to build the home will be donated to St. Thomas to support scholarships for St. Thomas students enrolled in the university’s real estate degree programs.
The project will also provide hands-on experience for St. Thomas students. Two UST undergrad real estate majors are working as interns with JMS Custom Homes during the construction and sale of a single-family home. These students are getting valuable experience as they work throughout the permitting and construction process from start to finish.
Sponsors to date include; Crown Bank, Edina Realty, JMS Custom Homes, Marvin Windows and Doors, Shenehon Company, Alexander Design Group, Metropolitan Pipe and Supply, Outdoor Designs, Builders Association of the Twin Cities, Kraus Anderson, Barton Sand and Gravel, Cemstone, Muska Lighting, Regalwood Cabinets, Veit, Warners Stellian, and Ziegler.