This site is dedicated to planning and discussion surrounding the Tiny Housing Project at Westminster College.  The goal with this site is to enable those who are interested, but not able to attend planning meetings, to stay in the loop on the project and to contribute to the discussion on the project (discussion under Forum).  This site is open to the entire campus community (faculty, students, administrators, staff).

The project will evolve over time but will benefit from input and reflection from many sources.  Current plans include the following:

  • Phase I (AY 2015-2016): Planning, marketing, and logistics for one tiny house.
  • Phase II (AY 2016-2017): Community build of first tiny house; pilot testing student living-learning experience achieved through a rotation model (1-2 week experience for each student, pending ability to deal with dormitory codes).
  • Phase III (AY 2017-2018): Continued student living-learning experience achieved through a rotation model; assessment of project to determine if a larger community of tiny houses would be beneficial.

Feel free to contact Helen Boylan at boylanhm@westminster.edu with any questions/concerns that may not be appropriate for the public forum.

Spring 2015

  • Tiny Housing Project pitched at at faculty meeting by Boylan as part of the "Chair's Idea Pot"
  • Two follow-up brainstorming sessions on the project were held
  • Tiny Housing Project, along with other ideas from the "Idea Pot," was presented to EPC of the Board of Trustees at the May meeting
    • EPC requested a more fully developed proposal on the Tiny Housing Project

Summer 2015

  • With input from interested parties, Boylan developed a draft proposal on the Tiny Housing Project (see proposal in Handouts)

Fall 2015

  • Boylan presented Tiny Housing Project proposal to the EPC of the Board of Trustees at their October meeting; EPC agreed to move forward with the plans
  • President's Office agreed to fund $2,500 budget for planning during Fall 2015 semester
  • Kick-off meeting held 11/5; various stakeholders represented (see presentation and meeting notes in Handouts)

Spring 2016

  • Student planning team assembled and started to work on project.
  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) launched March 2016.
  • Student planning team worked on tiny house design with architect Jeremy Beatty and construction consultant Ed Petrus.
  • Team researched various aspects of the project, including zoning and code issues and green building design.
  • Team hosted tiny house construction expert Bill Rockhill on campus.
  • Team presented about project to various groups (Shenango on the Green, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Professional Networking Symposium).

Summer 2016

  • Olivia Sniezek worked as the team's summer student worker.
  • Team participated in various outreach events (Fireworks Festival, Summerfest).
  • Team maintained active social media presence over the summer.
  • Team hosted two update meetings that were well attended by community members.
  • Collaboration with New Castle School of Trades was formalized, and work on the trailer began.
  • Boylan presented on project to Lawrence County Boroughs leadership.
  • Boylan completed draft detailed budget for tiny house.
Weekly Meeting Notes - Fall 2016

Note:  the team was painting the trailer last week during its regular meeting time.

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