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Prospect Heights house built by District 214 students hitting the market

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  • Video: D214 Students Show Their House

  • Marc Sears, PAC instructor for District 214, stands in front of the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home students recently completed. The house is expected to go on the market in July.

       Marc Sears, PAC instructor for District 214, stands in front of the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home students recently completed. The house is expected to go on the market in July.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • As a Hersey High School senior, Kevin Flasch worked on the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home project of District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course. Here he points out some of the detailed carpentry work he performed.

       As a Hersey High School senior, Kevin Flasch worked on the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home project of District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course. Here he points out some of the detailed carpentry work he performed.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Students and instructors from District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course hosted an open house Thursday for the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home they built. The house is expected to go on the market in July.

       Students and instructors from District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course hosted an open house Thursday for the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home they built. The house is expected to go on the market in July.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • The kitchen of the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home built through District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course. The house is expected to go on the market in July.

       The kitchen of the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home built through District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course. The house is expected to go on the market in July.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • The golf course view from the deck of the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home built through District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course. The house is expected to go on the market in July.

       The golf course view from the deck of the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home built through District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course. The house is expected to go on the market in July.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Students and instructors from District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course hosted an open house Thursday for the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home they built. The house is expected to go on the market in July.

       Students and instructors from District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course hosted an open house Thursday for the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home they built. The house is expected to go on the market in July.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Chris Zimmer of Mount Prospect looks over some of his handiwork in the Prospect Heights home.

      Chris Zimmer of Mount Prospect looks over some of his handiwork in the Prospect Heights home.

  • A four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home was built through District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course. The house is expected to go on the market in July.

       A four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home was built through District 214's Practical Architectural Construction course. The house is expected to go on the market in July.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

At the end of the school year, most high school students have a term paper or a science experiment to show for their hard work.

A group of students from Northwest Suburban High School District 214 have a four-bedroom, 2½-bathroom house they designed and built from scratch.

The large ranch home at 809 Camp McDonald Road is the culmination of two years of work from more than 50 students across all of District 214's six high schools who took part in the Practical Architectural Construction, or PAC, class, instructor Marc Sears said.

The house officially will be listed through a Realtor in mid-July, with an expected asking price of $599,000, officials said. The home, in the Hersey High School attendance area, also features a three-car garage, fireplace, deck and a mix of hardwood and carpeted floors.

Students had a hand in every part of the project, from an architecture competition to design the house, to installing windows and cabinets on the finished product. All student work was overseen by teachers and professional contractors, Sears said. Students and the public got an early look at the completed house Thursday afternoon at an open house.

"It's definitely a good feeling when you put a lot of hard work into it," said 2013 Prospect High School graduate Chris Zimmer. "It's awesome to see it complete."

Justin Stron, another Prospect graduate from 2013, took the skills he learned in the PAC program to college, where he is studying construction management at Western Illinois University. "I've always been good with my hands, but it was pretty incredible seeing it all come together from the first layer to the drywall and everything," Stron said. "It's a beautiful house."

The district originally purchased the vacant land in Prospect Heights for about $110,000, said Dan Weidner, director of career and technical education.

Any profit from the sale of the home will go toward future home projects, including the next two houses to be built by the PAC program, both in Arlington Heights.

For Prospect senior Nick Fowler, the PAC program was a way to stay interested and engaged in the classroom.

"School can be boring, but this was interesting. To me, this was fun," he said.

Fowler, who finished second in construction at the state Skills USA competition as a junior, kept working on the project after the school year ended, finishing the large backyard deck.

The PAC class takes up about three class periods of the students' day, making it a mostly senior-level class. Students work on-site daily, even through rain and snow, Sears said.

"You can sit in a classroom all day, but until you're immersed in it and you're in the action, you don't really get it," he said.

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