CIT Division Preparing to Auction Student-Built Home

Student-built home up for auction in Nov. 2020.

WINTERVILLE—A home constructed by Pitt Community College Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Division students will be sold by public auction Nov. 7 to fund future CIT training.

The single-story structure, which features 1,344 square feet of heated living space, is the latest to have been built through the combined efforts of students from Pitt’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration, Architectural, Electrical Systems and Building Construction technology programs. Since 1988, CIT students have built nearly 50 houses to gain knowledge and extensive hands-on experience in the construction trade.

Maurey Verzier, chair of PCC’s Building Construction Technology Department, says the projects expose students to a wide variety of skill sets while training under the supervision of experienced faculty. She said each project takes three semesters to complete.

“The live-build projects play a crucial role in the success of our program,” Verzier says. “They give our students opportunities to develop and fine-tune critical-thinking and problem-solving techniques with their instructors on hand, guiding them through the troubleshooting process. The skills they acquire during these projects serve them well when they become managers and crew leaders in industry.”

The home up for bidding next month has three carpeted bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Its master bedroom features a nine-foot tray ceiling and bathroom with double vanity, vinyl tile floor and fiberglass shower. The exterior is covered by half-inch rigid foam beneath sage green vinyl siding, and the roof includes radiant barrier sheathing and 30-year shingles.

“The highest bidder will be purchasing a quality home that meets current building codes and exceeds Greenville Utilities Commission E300 standards for energy efficiency,” Verzier said.

Some of the home’s other key features are:

  • Front porch with cedar columns
  • Living room and bedrooms with lighted ceiling fans
  • Hall bathroom with single vanity and fiberglass tub/shower combo
  • Kitchen with white shaker-style cabinets, navy shaker-style island, and solid surface quartz countertops that are white with grey veins.
  • Common area with engineered hardwood floor
  • Lighted bedroom closets

PCC CIT Dean Steven Mathews says the auction will take place at the corner of Memorial Drive and Dr. Fulford Road — the site of the home’s construction on campus. It will begin at 10 a.m. with a minimum opening bid.

The winning bidder, Mathews said, must be prepared to make a 10 percent-down payment immediately following the auction and is responsible for having the home moved.

Potential bidders can view the home in person by calling (252) 493-7522 to schedule an appointment. The home will also be open for viewing the day of the auction, starting at 9 a.m.