On April 17th, the BYU Cougar Club joined with the Utah Valley Home Builders Association to break ground on Cougar House I.
The house is located at Springville's Camelot Village (1720 West 970 South). The house will be open to the public during the Utah Valley Parade of Homes, July 14-28th.
Men's athletic director Val Hale, head football coach Gary Crowton, and Cougar Club director Mike Middleton, joined UVHBA immediate past-president Mitch McCuistion and ArrowStar Construction owner Wayne Ross for the groundbreaking ceremonies. Many of the UVHBA members whose contributions are making this project possible were also in attendance.
Cougar House I is the first of many Cougar Homes that will be built entirely through donations from builders and contractors in the area. The proceeds from Cougar House I will endow an athletic scholarship at BYU.
"We're calling this Cougar House I because we believe it will be the first of many homes built in a long-term relationship between BYU and UVHBA," Middleton said.
The Cougar House has combined the talents and generosity of many UVHBA members who have donated their time, materials, and labor. The UVHBA annually participates in projects that benefit the community, but this is the first project of its kind in the state of Utah.
"I've been amazed how people have come together to build this home," said Hale. "With UVHBA's coordination, most of the local construction industry's best companies have collaborated to build an impressive house in a very short period of time."
UVHBA's efforts are chaired by McCuistion, co-owner of Panda Homes, and Chad Broderick, owner of Chad Broderick Construction, assisted by David Lewis, Cris Child, Paul Magleby, Ron Nielson, and other members of the UVHBA Board of Directors. Under their leadership, more than 60 local contractors, suppliers, and tradesmen are working to build the Cougar House.
"The UVHBA has always given back to the community," McCuistion stated. "My hope is that this will be the start of an on-going relationship with BYU that will benefit the community and students who attend the university."
One of the biggest obstacles to a project like the Cougar House was obtaining the lot for the home. This problem was quickly erased through ArrowStar Construction's generosity. Ross, who is also a member of the Cougar Club Board of Directors, donated the site for the construction of the house in a subdivision ArrowStar is developing near the new Springville WalMart.
When completed, the house will be approximately 1615 square feet. The 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house will feature a living room, a kitchen, a dining room, a two-car garage and a fully landscaped yard. The home is valued at about $170,000 and will be marketed and sold by Capstone Realty.
As of June 1, the brick was being placed on the home, and construction will be finished in time for the Parade of Homes. We hope that everyone will come and see the Cougar House.
To express the Club's appreciation, all participants in the Cougar House--including builders, subcontractors, and suppliers--will become Cougar Club members and receive membership benefits.
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