BC&E Foundation

Building Our Future Construction Workforce 

Students showcase a house built for Habitat for Humanity

Harford Tech House

The 2014 Habitat for Humanity House

In a cavernous workshop in Harford County, crews of high school students are using newfound design and construction skills to not only build a Habitat for Humanity house but also to devise ways to turn such low-budget buildings into net-zero homes. Students in grades nine through 12 who are involved in the school’s construction/carpentry program, assemble the house from scratch over the course of 18 months. The two sections of the house are then transported to the house site and meticulously stitched together by volunteers.

“What the students in this program are achieving is so impressive and really cool” Paul Hume, BC&E Foundation President, GWWO, Inc./Architects

In September 2013, the Building Congress & Exchange Foundation presented the school with a $15,000 donation to match what the students had raised from other sources. This past May BC&E members and Foundation supporters were able to visit the school’s workshop, tour the house and meet the students who are a part of the program.  

To learn more about the Building Congress & Exchange Foundation, contact Elisabeth Wainwright at 410-823-7200 or email ewainwright@bcebaltimore.org.