HBA leaders in Monroe are helping stage the 37th annual Student Design Competition amongst area high schools taking place this spring. Designs are due in April. The judging is done by architects and builders, and some great prizes are awarded. The HBA, in conjunction with Kohler Architects of Monroe, have partnered for all these years on the program. In recent years the design challenge has been for a Habitat for Humanity Home that actually is built by the local Habitat Chapter, utilizing students from the Monroe High School CTE programs. How cool is that! The Monroe High School CTE program also utilizes the HBA’s annual home show to raise funds and generate awareness about their program.
The HBA has also developed a new partnership with Monroe High School that is going to be doing on-site building of a home beginning in the fall of 2018. Once completed, the home will be sold. HBA members have already consulted on the plan and are acting in an advisory role as the students work to complete construction. Honorary Life Member Robert Polk, of Robert Polk Builders, has been the driving force as a representative of the HBA of Monroe County on this program as well as the Student Design program.