Lansing Community College, the Ingham County Land Bank, Habitat for Humanity of Lansing, and Allen Neighborhood Center are partnering to restore two Land Bank-owned homes on Lansing’s east side. The project, called Restoration Works in Lansing, involves LCC students from across Environmental, Design, and Building Technologies (EDBT) programs (including Eaton Intermediate School District classes) that will be involved in a multi-year planning and renovation process on both homes, along with volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of Lansing. Renovation will include both livability renovations (these homes were red-tagged, and as a result, require significant interior, exterior, mechanical system and structural repair) and energy efficiency retrofits.
For LCC students, this represents an opportunity for a true hands-on laboratory in planning and executing sustainable construction practices. The Technical Careers Division is moving to a focus on more project- and problem-based learning, including the development of capstones, and this effort is a step in that direction. This project also places LCC more firmly into the community, and demonstrates what is possible when academia, government, and non-profits collaborate.
For the Land Bank and ANC, this project represents an opportunity to improve our housing stock and demonstrate what is possible in typical properties throughout the city. ANC offers tours and workshops in the homes, sharing the work of LCC students with the public and with local contractors who wish to learn more about cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades.
|Lansing Community College’s Design and Construction Technologies Program offers degree and certificate programs in the areas of Alternative Energy Technologies, Architecture, Residential and Commercial Building, Civil and Geographic Informational Systems.|
|Joan Nelson is the executive director of Allen Neighborhood Center. Nelson helped found the neighborhood center in 1999, and has guided its growth over the past decade to “promote the health, safety, and stability of families and neighborhoods on the Eastside of Lansing”. Her email address is email@example.com.|
|Eric Schertzing is the Ingham County Treasurer, and coordinates the Ingham County Land Bank, “a county authority and a strategic economic tool that supports growth and investment in our community.” The Land Bank is responsible for returning vacant properties to productive use as quickly as possible. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Habitat for Humanity of Lansing is providing volunteer support to the restoration projects, as well as possibly material donations.|
|Eaton Intermediate School District is represented by Ralph Hansen, Associate Superintendent. EISD’s Career Preparation Center offers high school students the opportunity to earn college credit in Building and Electrical Trades, including hands-on experience at Restoration Works houses. Hansen can be reached at email@example.com.|