Rockwood School District

Our Little Haven to Dedicate Play Equipment Built by Rockwood Summit High School Students

By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

Little hands will soon be able to play chef on the playground at Our Little Haven, thanks to Geometry in Construction students at Rockwood Summit High School.

This Saturday, May 8th at 10am, an all-weather toy kitchen will be assembled onsite at 4316 Lindell Boulevard, the headquarters of Our Little Haven. The nonprofit organization – founded in 1993 – provides a safe, secure and healing environment for those impacted by abuse, neglect and mental or behavioral health needs. At 11am Saturday, Our Little Haven’s staff and board members will cut the ribbon and dedicate the outdoor play kitchen.

“Not only did the Rockwood students design and build exactly what our staff was hoping for, they included their own creativity in building this resource that will be a staple on our campus,” said Chris Munoz, the organization’s development director. “Rockwood School District’s industrial arts instructor approached our organization a few years ago and asked if we had any needs that the district’s Geometry in Construction class might fulfill. We identified the kitchen. We had a well-worn one that wasn’t made to tolerate extended outdoor use. This kitchen is a wonderful addition to our playground and our kids will enjoy it and learn from it for years to come.”

More than 60 Rockwood Summit High School students participate in the Geometry in Construction program, according to Munoz. “The program combines math and construction and is facilitated by a math teacher and technology teacher,” he said. “It allows students to apply real-world geometry, carpentry and design into sustainable, useful community projects. This program has provided tiny homes, sheds, benches, shelving units, dog houses and much more for local nonprofits in the St. Louis community.”

Steve Faust, chief storyteller at icon Mechanical, has served as a board member at Our Little Haven for seven years. His earlier work history includes 10 years as a carpenter. Faust says the Geometry in Construction curriculum represents another creative strategy for sparking high school students’ interest in the field of construction and giving them the chance to help a worthy nonprofit organization at the same time.

“Anytime we’re able to expose students to opportunities in the world of construction, it’s a win,” said Faust, whose employer regularly brings students, teachers and counselors through icon Mechanical’s shop to see mechanical contracting and engineering at work close-up.

Munoz said the St. Louis construction partners have been good to Our Little Haven.

“With budgets tight and margins thin, we truly appreciate the support of the construction industry,” he said.

For more information about this Saturday morning’s onsite play equipment assembly and the dedication immediately following, contact Munoz at (314) 669-9386.

Mountain Resort-Style Living Coming To Wildwood

Limited number of energy-efficient rustic timber frame homes available

Wildwood will soon be home to a unique living experience unlike any other in the St Louis area. The Timbers at Fox Mountain, a new home development spearheaded by custom home builder Hibbs Homes, will offer mountain resort-style timber homes in the heart of Meramec Valley, just minutes from I-44, in the sought-after Rockwood School District. The community will also be the first fully energy efficient community in the St. Louis region.

The community, launching in September 2016, will include just eight home sites, with finished home prices starting at $695,000. The Timbers at Fox Mountain is located in the Rockwood School District, and is centrally located while also being nestled away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Shopping, dining and entertainment options are abundant with historic downtown Pacific, Eureka and Wildwood town centers all within minutes of the community.

Private wooded lots will range from 3 to 14 acres and will provide homeowners with easy access to a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding with close proximity to major parks such as Rockwoods Reservation, Pacific Palisades Conservation Area, Route 66 State Park and West Tyson County Park. The resort-style neighborhood is also just minutes from Hidden Valley Ski Resort. The location is a golfer’s dream with close proximity to some of the most impressive golf courses the state has to offer, including The Legends, Pevely Farms, The Aberdeen, The Crescent, and Fox Run golf clubs all located within minutes of The Timbers at Fox Mountain.

Unique timber frame home designs

In addition to the one-of-a-kind landscapes available, the community will also offer truly unique timber frame home designs that are both rustic and luxurious. The team at Hibbs Homes will design each home to highlight the natural beauty of the scenery.

“The landscape here is so unique and beautiful that we wanted to create home designs that felt like an organic extension of the natural environment. We had a vision to create a community where the homeowners would feel as if they have their own getaway every day,” said Kim Hibbs, CEO of Hibbs Homes. “

St. Louis’s First Fully Energy Efficient Community

Known for groundbreaking work in energy efficient, sustainable home building, Hibbs will launch the Timbers at Fox Mountain as a fully energy efficient community. Energy Star appliances and Energy Star rated windows will be standard in every home. Homeowners will have the option to further improve their level of efficiency with optional additions including Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), upgraded insulation packages, geothermal heating and cooling systems and more.

Located off one-half mile off of Fox Creek Road on Model Realty Road in Wildwood, the community sales will begin in early fall in partnership with Tom Shaw Realtors and Coldwell Banker Gundaker in Town & Country. For more information on the Timbers at Fox Mountain, contact community agent Jan Hibbs at (314) 392-9631 x1 or visit TimbersatFoxMountain.com.

Hibbs Homes is a leading custom home builder in the St. Louis area. Since 2004, the local builder has focused on custom and luxury homes for a variety of price ranges and lifestyles.