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Aggie students aid Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in the construction of a house for a Bastrop family.

Last December, a group of Texas A&M environmental design students packed their bags and headed to Bastrop, Texas to join Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in the construction of a new home for the Zdroj family who lost their home in the Labor Day wildfires.

Most of the student volunteers were enrolled in a design studio led by assistant professor of architecture, Logan Wagner. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition producers approached Wagner after a building expo. Impressed by his demonstration of natural, fire-resistant building materials, they invited him and his students to help with the project. “Sometimes designers are disconnected from the building process,” said Wagner. “This project will provide an opportunity for our students to see how a project actually gets built. They’ll get to touch the materials, see how they come together, and learn what’s compatible,what isn’t.”

The show is set to air Monday, December 3 on ABC at 7 p.m. CST.

  • Last December, a group of environmental design students from Texas A&M joined Extreme Makeover for a project in Bastrop, TX.
  • The students took on a rigorous work schedule including 12-hour shifts for an entire week.
  • Aggie students helped Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build a brand new house for a family affected by the Bastrop wildfires in 2011.
  • A majority of the student volunteers were enrolled in a design studio led by assistant professor of architecture, Logan Wagner.
  • The students received hands-on experience while exhibiting the Aggie core value of selfless service.
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This originally appeared in Texas A&M’s archone newsletter.

 

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