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Senior Design Project Aims to Reduce Residential Footprint

April 3, 2017

CAPPA’s Parallel Construction Studio students are building two micro houses as their senior design projects this semester. One house is 360 square feet and the other is 390 square feet.

Parallel Construction is the name of CAPPA’s design/build program, now in its fourth semester, offering students the opportunity to literally get their hands dirty, as they design and build projects.

What the students like about the project is that it translates to real-world experience.

“We have to take this project and have a design, construction documents, a budget and then build it,” said Omar Soto, a project manager on one of the tiny houses.

Architecture lecturers Bang Dang and Brad McCorkle are teaching the studio.

“I’ve always wanted to do this kind of project with the students,” said McCorkle. “It’s the first time UTA has done something like this. We hope to sell these two units once they’re completed and fund future projects for Parallel Construction.”

Vendors who have donated time or materials to the project include: Architectural Lighting Alliance, Milgard Windows and Doors, Daikin, Huber Engineered Woods, Tom's Mechanical Inc., ABC Imaging, Delta Millworks and Topping Out.

Read the full UTA News Release and watch the UTA Video about the Parallel Construction micro houses.

The micro houses project was also featured on NBC 5, in The Shorthorn, the Star-Telegram, the San Antonio Express-News, the Sacramento Bee, the Washington Times, and the Miami Herald.

Students working on micro houses project