Student design-build project wins statewide innovation honors

A house built by University of Oregon students has won the 2016 Golden Key Award for Most Innovative Homeownership project in the state, an honor presented by the Oregon Opportunity Network. The house, constructed during a three-term UO architecture class called OregonBILDS, is part of a multi-year effort to build nine houses on Hope Loop in west Eugene using sustainable design and construction methods. This is the third home the students have completed for income-qualified buyers. “This was no small feat, as the Hope Loop project was up against some great projects from Portland and around the state,” said Steve Ochs, real estate development director for the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County (HACSA), which nominated the project. HACSA facilitated the purchase of a 1.3-acre parcel in Eugene for the BILDS program in 2013. The Golden Key Award honors a homeownership project—either rehabilitation or new construction—completed in 2015-2016 that best demonstrates the ideals of affordability, cost containment, quality of design, livability, community revitalization, or service integration.

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