University Relations and Communications
City College at MSUB hosts modular home open house
Open house April 17, bids open April 17-May 8
University Relations and Communications, 657-2266
MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES —Students in the Construction and Carpentry program of City College at Montana State University Billings recently constructed a modular home and will be holding an open house April 17. The public is welcome to attend the open house.
The home is listed on the MLS with the minimum bid price being $77,250, which covers
the costs of construction. Proceeds go back into the construction and carpentry program
for construction of another modular home next year.
The school will accept sealed bids from April 17 through May 8. Sealed bids will be
received at the MSU Billings Purchasing Department, located at 1500 University Drive,
until 2:00 p.m. May 8.
The home may be viewed at City College, 3803 Central Avenue, during school hours,
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kellie Saville, realtor and 10-year member of City College advisory
board, is the listing agent. Interested parties may make an appointment with Saville
at 671-6955 or Stacey Teague at 247-3008 to tour the home. Preview the house online
using MLS number 283422 or via real estate websites like Zillow, Trulia, and realtor.com.
The 1,400 square foot home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open concept
living/dining room with gas fireplace. The master bedroom features a coffered style
ceiling and walk-in closet. The kitchen is finished with maple cabinets of varying
heights, a mosaic tile backsplash, and a pantry with custom built shelves. The fireplace
mantle, ceiling beam, alcove, and island are all built of the same wood with similar
designs. The front entry is tiled, extending from the front door to the coat closet.
A sliding barn door opens to the mudroom at the back of the house.
Students learn how to do all of the steps for constructing the home from start to
finish, including the finish work, and nothing is basic in the home. “This is the
most elaborate and beautiful house we have ever built” shared Terry Madtson, construction
“This was a fun environment to learn in and very different than being on a job site
where you worry if you do something wrong,” shared Nathan Brown, a first-year student
who came to City College from Bolivia with prior experience as a roofer. “Building
the home taught me a lot of everything as it was a well-rounded project. I especially
enjoyed the finish work.”
Construction of the home began the first week of school with the work being completed
by students during their lab time. Twelve students built the modular-style home from
“It’s rewarding to see what you’ve done as a group, progress on the house, and to
be able to say ‘I’ve done this’ when projects are completed,” said Emmit Reoland,
a second-year student from Culbertson, Mont. “As a second year student we got to pass
our knowledge on to the first-year students and worked alongside them as project leads
One modular is built each year at City College. This year, due to having more students
in the class, the modular was completed a month early and students then embarked on
building a storage shed that is more like a mini shop, complete with interior lights,
interior and exterior electrical outlets, built-in shelving and hooks. The students
also built a half-roof solar shed which gave them practice installing renewable energy
“We are seeing great results with all of the students working together,” said Madtson. “They
learn from each other with second-year students serving as student mentors and quasi-lab
assistants. With this approach we get to be more creative with what we design and
finish the house as.”
The skills and experience gained from building the home is second-to-none. “It was
definitely hands-on to build all the components of the house,” said Tel Hermanson
a second-year student from Sidney, Mont. “We learn about project management from beginning
to end, estimating costs, construction business functions, how to supervise people,
with a good base knowledge and background from start to finish, all of which lead
to being successful in the construction industry.”
The Construction and Carpentry program began in 2006. The curriculum has now morphed
into a comprehensive program for students to meet their end goal of owning their own
construction business or supervisory roles in the construction industry as they learn
business basics and construction fundamentals. Instructor Terry Madsen changed the
structure of the program two years ago by having first-year and second-year students
work together to construct the modular. This change has made an impact on the students
and the construction of the home, taking the modular to a whole new level of finishes,
options, and design. Madtson’s vision for the house project resulted in impressive
changes for the design and construction of the home and a whole new learning experience
for the students.
“This was the only program in the region that had big building projects in a hands-on
program with focused classes and opportunities to get practical experience,” shared
Hermanson. “A lot of what we do for constructing these smaller projects works well
on a larger scale.”
Learn more about the Construction and Carpentry program here.
To purchase this home, an Official Bid Form must be submitted: contact the MSU Billings Business Office/Purchasing Department (in the basement
of McMullen Hall) at 657-2151 or the City College Business Office for additional information
and an official bid form. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud on May 8, 2018
at 2 p.m.
For more information contact Stacey Teague, City College director of operations, 247-3008.