JAMES CITY- The Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, along with Alquist, a 3D-printing home construction company, are making progress on the East Coast’s first 3D-printed house, which is located at 129 Forest Heights Road in Williamsburg.
The concrete exterior walls are now complete, and the first timber to enter the dwelling was introduced on Tuesday, October 12, now defining the structure’s interior rooms. Craig Meadows, Chief Construction Officer with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, said the house is slated to be finished by Christmas.
Breaking ground in July, construction is roughly three months behind schedule due to supply-chain setbacks attributed to the pandemic.
“The printer was delayed by a previous project and stuck out in the Atlantic Ocean for a while,” Meadows said. “We were about three to four weeks late in getting the printer here.”
While there were a few glitches along the way, the construction crew has been fortunate when it comes to assistance. Ferguson Enterprises, one of Habitat for Humanity’s largest sponsors, had a dozen of its employees volunteering with labor the week of October 11.
“We all talk about affordable housing, and this is the future of it,” said Melissa Hazelwood, Ferguson Cares Senior Manager with Ferguson Enterprises. “We’ve been partnering with Habitat for Humanity for a long time, and it’s great to be a part of this special project.”
In addition to muscle power, Ferguson Enterprises also provides pipes, faucets, and toilets for local Habitat for Humanity homes.
All Habitat for Humanity homes require homebuyers to dedicate 300 hours of what is called “sweat labor,” or “sweat equity” toward building homes or working in one of its Restores. Homes are purchased with a zero-interest equivalent, 15- to 30-year mortgage that’s no more than 30 percent of the buyer’s income.
Future homeowner April Stringfield and her 13-year-old son look forward to celebrating their first Christmas in their new home. A native Virginian, Stringfield grew up in Surry County and has worked at Great Wolf Lodge for the past five years.
Excited to make the transition from an apartment to her first home, Stringfield has planted a few seeds of her own.
“I’m really doing this to show my son that if you’re a hard worker and you put your mind to something, dreams come true, said Stringfield.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s 3D printer house in Williamsburg, visit www.habitatpgw.org/3d.