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Tiny Home on Campus

Friday, February 24, 2017

A tiny home is coming to campus thanks to a class project. Junior Mary Funderlich and senior Dale Miller were taking management professor Marcel Minutolo's fall honors course on sustainability when they decided to make building a tiny home their honors thesis project.

The tiny home will be constructed on campus so that other students can witness the progress. Once completed, it will be donated to the Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard which works to improve the lives of homeless veterans in the Pittsburgh area. The project was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Colcom Foundation, which supports regional efforts for a more sustainable environment. The proposal for the grant was written by Funderlich and Miller.

“Learning more about the issue of homelessness in veterans makes Dale and I even more passionate about this project. I love tiny homes, so this is a dream come true,” Funderlich said.

The crew is teaming with a Carnegie Mellon University student and CMU’s School of Architecture to build the tiny home with DC power to make it more sustainable.

“Of course, all of this is possible because of RMU's focus on engagement. It takes a village to build a tiny home,” Minutolo said.

Written by Megan DeArmit