First AndersenRice Habitat House To Be Dedicated

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Lisa Nutting PHONE: (713)831-4796E-MAIL: [email protected] ANDERSEN-RICE HABITAT HOUSE TO BE DEDICATEDWith about 2,400 hours under work belts of 225volunteers, on Saturday, July 26, the Rice Habitat for Humanity Chapter willcelebrate the completion of the first home designed, funded and built by thestudent group.The Andersen-Rice House, located at 9839 Cabellero in northeast Houston, willbe dedicated during a July 26 ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. During theevent, new homeowner Shirley Simpson will be given a home repair book, a Bible,and the keys to her front door.Last year the Rice chapter came up with the idea to sponsor its own houseafter a few years of volunteering at various Houston Habitat for Humanity jobsites. The student chapter not only raised funds but designed (with assistancefrom the university’s School of Architecture students) and built the homefollowing basic Habitat guidelines.“For a lot of us [students], it was a chance to go out and do somethingconcrete and tangible in the community–something we could see at the end,”explained Kevin Murphy, chairman of the Rice chapter and a junior.The slab for the Andersen-Rice House was poured in February and constructionbegan in early March. Andersen Consultingcontributed $20,000 of the $40,000 raised by the Rice student group. Volunteersfrom Rice Habitat, Andersen Consulting, and Gensler Architecture contributed tothe home’s construction.“Partnering with Rice University on the Habitat project is very important andexciting for Andersen Consulting,” said company representative Randell C.Thomas. “This project is a first–we hope it becomes the model partnership forcolleges or universities and corporations across the U.S.”Anderson Consulting is a $5.3 billion global management and technologyconsulting company.As part of the Habitat for Humanity agreement, future homeowners mustcontribute 300 volunteer hours to be eligible for a home. They also must havesteady jobs with a salary range of $11,000-$23,000. As the homes are completelyfinanced through fund raising, homeowners are responsible only for 20-year,interest-free mortgage loans of $40,000.To get to the Andersen-Rice House, take 59 North to 610 East. Take 610 toMcCarty Road. Exit and go left under the freeway. The second light is Mesa,about one mile down McCarty. Turn left onto Mesa, and go through fourstoplights. The fifth stoplight will be Sterlingshire, about seven or eightminutes down Mesa (Kirby Middle School is on the left as you approach thelight). Turn right on Sterlingshire and proceed to the end of the street (abouttwo minutes). Parking is available on Sterlingshire. The Andersen-Rice House islocated at the end of Cabellero, the last street to the left beforeSterlingshire dead-ends.For more details about the Rice Habitat project call Kevin Murphy at (713)942-0745 or visit: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~habitat/.For further information about Houston Habitat for Humanity please contact DickTaylor at (713) 521-2816. To learn about Andersen Consulting’s role in theHabitat house call Charlotte Scroggins at (713) 237-2696.###last_img

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