The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 18, 2013

House the students built

Autry Tech abode 10th built; will be auctioned Thursday

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Autry Technology Center students are swinging hammers, rolling on paint and laying flooring in the last push to finish the 10th house to be built and sold at auction.

“May is the time students submit final assignments in classrooms across the state and it’s no different for Autry students enrolled in construction technology and air conditioning/refrigeration,” said Melissa Jenlink, marketing director for Autry.

The auction is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Autry campus on West Willow.

Jenlink said Autry houses in the past have auctioned in the $75,000 to $80,000 range. The money is funneled back into the program.

The three-bedroom house was designed by last year’s drafting and design students. Air conditioning and duct work was done by air conditioning/refrigeration students. Construction technology students built the house.

Jeff Clark, Autry construction technology instructor, said building the house from the framing to finishing used more than 3,000 hours of class time since August.

“We have a great group of students. Building the house from the ground up allows the students to see and experience the reasoning behind certain parts of the process,” said Clark. “The students understand why the studs need to be flush when we get to the trimming.”

Nine previous homes sold by Autry were moved to Alva, Ames, Breckinridge, Buffalo, Goultry, Hennessey and the Fairview area.

“I love the cabinetry, especially in the kitchen. There’s no wasted space,” said Kim Collins, who purchased last year’s home. “The corner cabinets have triangle drawers that are easier to use than the Lazy Susan. I can put big platters in them and still have extra space.”

Collins also likes other aspects of her home’s design.

“Some of the interior walls in the living room have an opening at the top that’s perfect for decorations, with outlets so I can add lights to highlight my decorations,” said Collins. “I put Christmas lights up there and all my decorations glowed this past holiday season.”

This year’s home offers an open floor plan with 1,586 square feet of living space.

The kitchen has ample counter space, custom cabinetry, garbage disposal and dishwasher.

“The homeowner will enjoy the good looks and durability of the wood laminate flooring in the kitchen and back hallway,” Jenlink said. “An area for the laundry appliances and a pantry are located conveniently near the side door, easy to access yet out of the way.”

The home’s master bedroom boasts a walk-in closet and private bath with large vanity. The other two bedroom closets have custom shelving and are adjacent to the second bathroom, which is partially lighted by a solar tube.

Additional features of the home are R38 attic insulation; carpet, tile and wood flooring; high efficiency Concorde gas furnace; all metal ductwork; and pex water piping. The windows are energy-efficient Pella with Low E, energy star approved.

A three-ton 410A Armstrong 13 SEER HVAC unit will be included with the house (in a box); installation not included. The buyer is responsible for moving the house as well as any associated set-up costs.

For more details or to schedule a tour, contact Dale Gates, director of curriculum, at (580) 242-2750 or