Students in Hudson's Hope celebrated Tuesday the completion of a new house built to help attract medical professionals to the community.
The house at 10000 Stege Street was built through a partnership between BC Hydro, School District 60, and the municipality.
Owned and operated by BC Hydro, officials say its role will be two-fold in both helping to recruit medical professionals to Hudson's Hope, and in turn helping to recruit at the two generating stations at the WAC Bennett and Peace Canyon dams.
"Having one, or more, medical professionals located in a small town is vital to a community’s health for two reasons," said BC Hydro spokesman Bob Gammer.
"First is the immediate benefit of having certified professional expertise to treat medical emergencies and provide general practice health care. The second is community sustainability – many people make decisions on where to live and work based on how close they are to health services."
The 1,375-square-foot home features nine-foot ceilings, a custom maple kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, natural gas heat and hot water, a large deck and attached garage.
Students from Hudson’s Hope Secondary worked under the direction of Richard Koop, district principal for special projects, and helped build the house from foundation to lock-up, readying it for electricians, plumbers and other trades.
Each student gained 450 work-based hours towards completion of their carpentry apprenticeship, completed course/theory work to prepare for the Level One carpentry exam, and received a full course load of secondary elective credits towards graduation.
"I had a chance to talk with the students that were involved and they were clearly very proud of their product and talked about all the skills they developed over the course of the project," said SD60 Superintendent Stephen Petrucci.
BC Hydro owns the house, and will rent it out as needed. It say the home could also be used to help attract other medical and emergency staff such as a nurse or a fire chief, and will serve as a show home for the new Lucas Subdivision.
"The opportunity for our students to be involved with building a home was a fantastic experience for them," Hudson's Hope Principal Derrek Beam said.
"The hands-on learning and real-life skills will serve them for a lifetime. Our students were able to build a beautiful structure that will serve our community for many years. BC Hydro and the District of Hudson's Hope were integral keys to the implementation of this project."
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