Holm Auto Good News: Salina Tech students eager to learn, while remodeling Ashby House shelter – News – Salina Journal

Pumped with zeal and strapped into a loaded carpenter’s belt, Jordan Castaneda greeted Salina Technical College classmates for some on-the-job learning.

“I’m ready to get this party going,” said the 18-year-old Salinan on Wednesday, aching for some construction work after spending weeks mostly in a classroom.

The budding builders were “chomping at the bit. They’ve been in the classroom since the start of the semester (Aug. 20),” said Kevin Watters, Salina Tech construction technology instructor.

His crew that ranges in size from eight to 11, was eager to join in the remodel of an Ashby House shelter at 158 S. Eighth.

“I love getting hands on, in the action. The days go faster. It feels like forever in the classroom,” said Castaneda, a 2020 Salina Central High School graduate, who credits his uncle, Mario Martinez, owner of a Salina construction business, for introducing him to the trade, and gifting him the passion to build.

Several departments at the technical college have joined in repurposing the 100-plus-year-old, two-story home that was moved to the Ashby House complex during the summer of 2019.

Salina-based Blue Beacon International’s hotels division, Lighthouse Properties, donated the house, moving expenses and some of the concrete costs, to Ashby House.

The old home had to go to create more room for the new downtown Salina hotel, Homewood Suites by Hilton.

Attached to a basement foundation, the house is undergoing a $400,000 transformation into a 30-bed primary shelter, said Andy Houltberg, Ashby House executive director.

The nonprofit organization that runs a shelter for women and families, and a number of other programs — Sober Living Program, Free Store open to the community, Transitional Housing, Toy Store and Career Closet — has raised about half of the money and services necessary to complete the work, Houltberg said, through grants

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Students Build Studio 804’s Latest House in Challenging Times

Many schools of architecture were shut down last spring because of Covid-19, but the Studio 804 program at the University of Kansas Department of Architecture is no ordinary architecture program. It does something very unusual for an architecture school: it actually teaches students how to build a sophisticated building from the ground up. “This includes everything from initial design including all systems, construction documents, estimates, working with zoning and code officials, site layout, placing concrete, framing, roofing, siding, setting solar panels, landscape and more — there isn’t anything we don’t do ourselves.”

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The houses are always interesting modern designs that cannot be too unconventional or expensive as they are then sold on the open market. The 2020 version is 1550 square feet, plus a 520 square foot accessory dwelling unit.

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The main house has the entry facing a living wall, a great room with kitchen to one side and two bedrooms to the other.

“The design was inspired by the Midwestern farmstead vernacular of the region. These timeless vernacular qualities house all the accommodations necessary for modern, sustainable living. A unique feature of this house is the Accessory Dwelling Unit permitted in the zoning district. It is a small separate residence on the same lot that can be used for income property or for extended family members. It also supports the city of Lawrence’s goals of increased density close to downtown rather than continued sprawl into the countryside.”

Given that Covid-19 has disrupted the construction industry as well as the school year, it’s impressive that Studio 804 was able to complete this project on schedule. Studio 804 founder Dan Rockhill tells Treehugger how they coped: “We had to isolate for two months, March April. All the students came back and actually graduated as we pushed hard

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Students say coronavirus outbreaks ‘inevitable’ in small halls with shared bathrooms

Students who became infected with coronavirus after starting university say an outbreak in their accommodation was ‘inevitable’.

It comes as an expert has warned the UK government could be forced to tell university students to remain on campuses during the Christmas break,

Authorities are worried about the risk of spreading Covid-19 into students’ local communities when they return home.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has not ruled out the possibility that university students would have to stay away from home over Christmas if major outbreaks continue on campuses.

a person standing next to a fence: NHS staff hand out test kits to Glasgow University students

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NHS staff hand out test kits to Glasgow University students

Outbreaks in university accommodation in Scotland have prompted First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s government to take emergency action.

Students in Scotland are quarantining in their dormitories and being told not to go to the pubs this weekend, following outbreaks affecting hundreds of students.

One student said she has now been isolating for nearly a month, having been placed in an initial 14-day quarantine on arrival from California.

The teenager and three other people in her eight-person flat in Glasgow University’s Murano Street Student Village have now tested positive for Covid-19.

The complex is the university’s largest halls of residence and can house 1,175 students

a woman talking on a cell phone: A student from the University of Glasgow administers a self-test

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A student from the University of Glasgow administers a self-test

The 18-year-old, who is studying international relations and sociology, said she is having to wash her clothes in the sink as the laundry is outside the flat.

The residents of the flat had already been isolating for five days when she received her positive test result on Friday morning.

She said: “With this many kids in this small an area, it was bound to happen.

“We have it, so the negative people are cooking. They will drop off food outside our doors.


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Students begin ‘contagious and uplifting’ home rehab in Marion

MARION — Rather than building a new house and offering it for sale as they have for years, high school students in the Marion area this year are renovating a home for a low- to middle-income family.

The project, called Marion Community Build, is part of a class the students are taking. Through the class, they learn trade skills and work hands-on with tasks that go into rehabilitating a home.

The effort is a partnership among the city of Marion, Marion Independent School District and the Linn-Mar Community School District.

“This is a true community partnership,” said Nick Glew, president of the Marion Economic Development Corp. or MEDCO.

“Our organization was initially involved in this because of our Community Promise program, connecting our youth with high-demand jobs in our community. Sometimes they don’t understand there are opportunities right in their backyard.”

For 30 years, students have built brand-new homes to sell. This is the first year students are renovating an older home. Glew said the program hopes to continue to find homes to renovate, completing one every school year.

“We hope once we finish this property, we go to other neighborhoods,” Glew said. “We think it can be contagious and uplifting for neighbors. … This is going to have a beautiful impact across our community.”

MEDCO bought the home at 330 Eighth Ave. in Marion, which had been unoccupied for at least a decade, for $60,000 and reallocated its current revolving loan fund to provide capital for the improvements. The city will leverage a portion of low- and moderate-income funds to assist with costs associated with the construction, maintenance and future sale of the property.

“There are multiple great opportunities,” Marion Mayor Nick AbouAssaly said. “Students gain skills; the neighborhoods have some investment and revitalization. It’s an opportunity for the

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Anonymous UMD student’s Instagram-based campus bathroom critiques offer dry-humored commentary

“It’s been, like, 100 or some years,” the UMD senior said in a recent phone interview, “and people still don’t have omni-directional showers.”

The dry-humored and anonymous voice behind the popular niche Instagram account UMD Bathroom Reviews celebrated the site’s one-year anniversary last week with a colorful cake served on Minecraft snack plates. A public service that started in mid-September 2019 with a few shots of a third-floor bathroom in the Labovitz School of Business — “slightly cold inside” — averages just more than a post a week in places on campus and off, but always with ties to the university and its students.

The anonymous voice behind UMD Bathroom Reviews called this spot at the Tweed Museum of Art "truly a top tier UMD bathroom." (photo courtesy of UMD Bathroom Reviews)

The anonymous voice behind UMD Bathroom Reviews called this spot at the Tweed Museum of Art “truly a top tier UMD bathroom.” (photo courtesy of UMD Bathroom Reviews)

The News Tribune allows anonymous sources on a case-by-case basis. In this case, the critic’s anonymity is part of the draw of the content. She plans to reveal her identity — which some friends and friends of friends are privy to — near graduation.

“I talk too much smack on here to be real public,” she said. “I’ve said some pretty wild things about various programs at UMD and people at UMD.”

What she is willing to reveal: She is a senior and not a design major. She’s short, she said, just 5-foot-3. She wears glasses regularly and often wears Doc Martens. She’s into spreadsheets, restoring cast iron skillets and then cooking with them. She likes “Little Women,” Lorde, Paramore and Fleetwood Mac.

“Unmatched to this day,” she says of Stevie Nicks and company. “Truly alone in their field.”

The UMD student behind an anonymous Instagram account said she doesn't know why the university needs a gym when the bathrooms near Romano Gymnasium are large enough to play half court. (Photo courtesy of UMD Bathroom Reviews)

The UMD student behind an anonymous Instagram account said she doesn’t know why the university needs a gym when the bathrooms near Romano Gymnasium are large enough to play

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