A special house will be listed for sale in Lawton on March 1. The 1,600-square foot home, from floor to roof, granite-topped kitchen counters to walk-in closet, is the work of building trades students at Great Plains Technology Center and represents about 18 months of classroom work. Just call it on-the-job learning. The house is the eighth built by Great Plains students and was fronted — meaning, money provided to finance construction — by the Great Plains Technology Center Foundation, a volunteer board dedicated to supporting Great Plains and its students. Any surplus revenue realized from the sale of the house will go back into the foundation to support activities such as student scholarships. It's a worthwhile venture, Glen Boyer, the foundation's executive director, said to The Lawton Constitution. Boyer said the house is larger than structures built in past year (previous houses have been about 1,560 square feet). The nearly-completed single-story house is now tucked on the east side of the campus, where it is easily accessible by building trades students. Once the house is sold, the new owner will be responsible for moving the structure to its new permanent location. The house will be moved in one piece, which puts a limit on its relocation site, Boyer said, remembering that one of the most difficult moves was the first house Great Plains students built. That house — still occupied — was placed at Robinson's Landing on Lake Lawtonka, and movers couldn't take the most direct route because of the road. Instead, they had to go through the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, giving the house one last adventure before it settled into its permanent site. The house came to life in fall 2017, meaning it spans about 18 months and two school years. Boyer said the structure has amenities not found in most other 1,600 square foot houses on the local market. The master bedroom in the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has a walk-in closet; two smaller bedrooms have large closets with built-in shelves. The kitchen/dining room/ living room in the center part of the home has a built-in pantry and granite counter tops (as do the bathrooms). There are engineered hardwood floors throughout and central air/heating/ventilation. French doors open to what will be someone's backyard, and the front porch is supported by stacked rock columns. Boyer said almost 100 students have participated in the project, meaning every building trade you would see on a 'real' job site — carpenters, masonry workers, electricians, plumbers, heating/air conditioning guys — have had a hand in construction. Students did almost all the work, to include the granite. They had some help on the sheet rock: students did the installation, but Great Plains relied on an outside subcontractor to tape and bed that work, Boyer said. Teachers and students say the job site is as real as any site in Lawton where houses are built. For Great Plains students, it's the ultimate 'hands on' project, one that gets them out of the classroom and into the real world. Great Plains student Jose Sarmjento said that real world experience is a large part of the appeal. Sarmjento, who worked on the house in the last school year then returned this year to help finish, did carpentry, including a lot of the cabinet work, instructors said. Sarmjento said the learning atmosphere was much better because he got to work with his hands, important because he said he learns better by doing. And, students get to experience an actual job site. 'It's a better learning experience,' he said. Gage Phelps and Andrew McCourt, students who worked to install duct work and heating, air conditioning and ventilation, also thrived on the real world job site. Phelps said the site provided a better learning experience for student/workers because they could see the results of their work. McCourt said the house helped emphasize what students had learned in the classroom, noting the appeal of 'hands on learning on HVAC.' Instructor Zachary Sale said instructors worked to maintain the real-world atmosphere. 'This is a real world job site,' he said, explaining he functioned as a site manager to oversee students and ensure their work was quality. 'It will be very impressive.' He and Boyer said part of the appeal of the project is that students work on a site where their work depends on each other. Boyer said that site was controlled just as any other building site would be, to include inspections by City of Lawton building inspectors. 'It's like doing it in the real world,' he said. Boyer said the plan is to complete the house (finishing work is under way) so it can be listed for sale in March. Foundation members will evaluate the house and decide the asking price. Boyer estimates the house is costing between $58 and $63 per square foot to build, compared to $90-$110 per square foot for houses built on the 'outside.' The house will have an expense off campus houses will not: a new stem wall to secure the house to its new site once it is moved (students will hook up the HVAC). Boyer estimated at that cost at $10,000 to $12,000, but said the house still will be less expensive for an owner looking for affordable quality construction. 'It's a wonderful opportunity,' Boyer said. ___ Information from: The Lawton Constitution, http://www.swoknews.com An AP Member Exchange shared by The Lawton Constitution.