Local Builders, Cougar Club to Build "Cougar House"

PROVO -- Members of the Utah Valley Home Builders Association (UVHBA) have teamed with Arrowstar Construction and the BYU Cougar Club to build the first-ever Cougar House. Utah Valley builders and community members are donating time, materials and labor to build a house that will be donated to BYU athletics.

Mitch McCuistion, immediate past-president of UVHBA and Chad Broderick, owner of Chad Broderick Construction, head a list of more than 50 local contractors, suppliers and trades contractors who will build a $170,000 house located in Springville's Camelot Village development. The groundbreaking for the Cougar House will be Tuesday, April 17, at Camelot Village (970 South 1720 West), directly following a 9 a.m. kick-off event in the Cougar Room of LaVell Edwards Stadium. BYU head football coach Gary Crowton, BYU athletic directors Val Hale and Elaine Michaelis and Cosmo are expected to attend.

Building supplies, labor and materials for the Cougar House will be donated by members of UVHBA. ArrowStar Construction, and owner Wayne Ross, have generously donated the construction site for the home. When finished, the house will be a 1615-square foot, fully landscaped, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home with a two-car garage. The house will be sold through Capstone Realty with proceeds from the sale enhancing athletic priorities at BYU.

Ten members, including McCuistion and Broderick, comprise the UVHBA committee that coordinates the efforts of other builders and association members who contribute to important community programs such as the Cougar House. "The service we are providing is great because it directly benefits our local college and community members," said Broderick. "Upon completion, this project will have a significant impact on the sports program at BYU."

The Cougar Club shares Broderick's excitement. "This will be one of the largest and most far-reaching projects of its kind anywhere in collegiate sports," said Cougar Club executive director Michael Middleton. "We're calling this Cougar House I because we believe it will be part of a long-term relationship between BYU and UVHBA."

McCuistion, chairman of the Cougar House committee, said, "The UVHBA has always given back to the community. My hope is that this will be the start of an on-going relationship with the BYU athletic department that will benefit the community and students who attend the university."

Builders, suppliers and other donors who help with the project will become members of the Cougar Club and receive member benefits and status.

To learn more about UVHBA projects, or for additional information about the Cougar House project, contact the UVHBA at 801/225-8893 or visit their website: www.uvhba.com.

For more information about the BYU Cougar Club, call 801/378-2583 or visit www.cougarclub.com.