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The New Recruits

Laying out the welcome mat for the immigrant workforce.

Source: REMODELING Magazine
Publication date: January 1, 2007

By Leah Thayer

The future of the remodeling workforce is alive and well in Lincoln, Neb., where the nine employees of Brighton Construction are still excited about their careers in a profession that young white American guys — let's face it — aren't exactly flocking to in droves.

At the top is Fernando Pagés Ruiz, president, who grew up in Argentina and New York, speaks several languages, studied art and became a contractor in Los Angeles, and moved to Lincoln in 1992, drawn by its strong public schools and thriving construction market.

Read the article at Remodeling Online...

PEX vs. Copper

A new field evaluation report offers time, cost, and performance comparisons of cross-linked polyethylene and copper supply pipe.
Source: BUILDER Magazine
Publication date: October 1, 2006


THE RISING COST OF COPPER has boosted the appeal of plastic piping alternatives such as cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) among builders. In a field study of copper and PEX water supply systems, the NAHB Research Center and the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) partnered with builder Fernando Pages to provide a definitive comparison of the installation time, material cost, and performance of each in single-family homes.

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North Omaha Shows Signs Of Economic Development

Concept House, Senior Living, Businesses Under Construction

OMAHA, Neb. -- The city of Omaha is breaking a lot of ground in north Omaha as it launches two revitalization projects.

A first-in-the-nation project called a Path Concept Home will be built with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at 25th and Parker streets. It must be sold to a minority or low-income family, and is a prototype home that will be environmentally sensitive, efficient and unusually flexible.

Read the article and see the video at the KETV website...

HUD Breaks Ground on America's First PATH Concept Home

Innovative, Affordable Home Will Feature High Quality and
Energy Efficient Building and Design Features

HUD Assistant Secretary Darlene Williams speaks at the Concept Home Groundbreaking. Omaha, NE -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development today broke ground on America's first PATH Concept Home which will feature innovative products and systems with traditional design elements to create a comfortable and affordable home.

Read the article at the PATH website...

Breaking New Ground
Concept homes launched

A groundbreaking on Wednesday marked what many hope will signal a new trend in housing. The model is the PATH Concept Home.

The vision for the PATH concept home is that it will be affordable for anyone to purchase, maintain and renovate as a family's needs change.

Read the article at WOWT TV...

Project puts Malone neighborhood in flux

By Kendra Waltke Lincoln Journal Star

The Malone neighborhood of central Lincoln has a storied tradition and a lot of history. But in the next few years, the Antelope Valley Project will bring some drastic changes to the area. Some are excited about the possibilities, while others remain skeptical of promises.

Read the article at the Lincoln Journal Star...

Lofts bring new 'Option' for downtown living

An old mattress factory in the Haymarket District will soon make way for a new option in downtown housing called Option 13.

Read the article at the Lincoln Journal Star...

Houses That Change When We Do

Need Another Bedroom? An Office? No Problem

By Jeff Turrentine
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 23, 2006; Page H01

Our lives are forever changing; our homes, alas, can't always keep up.

Just about every household at one time or another experiences the sort of change that calls for a rapid response: the birth of a child, perhaps, or the arrival of an older family member who needs round-the-clock, in-home care -- two scenarios that call for new bedrooms.

Read the article at the Washington Post...

HUD plans concept house for Omaha



The "home of the future" is coming to Omaha.

A Housing and Urban Development group plans to build a concept house in Omaha to demonstrate new home technology, said Liza Bowles, the project manager.

Innovations will include a flexible floor plan, customizable design and advancements that will speed building and improve durability.

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PATH Participates in U.S.-Mexico Forum on Housing Innovation

QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO - The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) was part of a delegation from the United States to participate in the U.S.-Mexico Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Housing Innovation from February 28 to March 1. Key representatives from both the public and private sectors from each country took part in intensive discussions over the two-day meeting.

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Field Evaluation: Brighton Construction at Liberty Village

As a PATH field evaluation project, Liberty Village will have ENERGY STAR ® rated high-efficiency, two-story homes and townhouses targeted toward multicultural first-time homebuyers. Units will feature technologies such as plastic plumbing manifolds that improve water efficiency and deliver hot water to fixtures faster. Additionally, Liberty Village will be built with "green" practices to protect and preserve the surrounding natural resources, including using pervious concrete and bio-filtration to preserve the purity of Nebraska water.

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PATH Celebrates Liberty Village Groundbreaking

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is pleased to celebrate the groundbreaking of Liberty Village Housing Development at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 28 at 24th and Vine streets in Lincoln, Nebraska. Speakers at the groundbreaking include representatives for Senators Chuck Hagel and Ben Nelson and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, as well as Governor Dave Heineman, Lincoln Mayor Coleen Seng, and HUD Regional Director Macie Houston.

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Cultural, lifestyle-specific homes offered east of City Campus
By MARK CODDINGTON / Daily Nebraskan
September 01, 2005

Cecilia Rossiter made sure to check out campus before arriving in Lincoln this fall.

She walked up and down City Campus, caught a show at the Lied Center for Performing Arts and even bought a few Husker shirts.

But Rossiter isn’t a student – she’s a cellist and composer with multiple sclerosis living in Washington, D.C., but hoping to move into the new Liberty Village housing project east of City Campus later this year.

Read the article at the Daily Nebraskan...

Liberty Village Breaks Ground on Innovation

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) celebrated the groundbreaking of Liberty Village Housing Development on Tuesday, June 28 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Representatives for Senators Chuck Hagel and Ben Nelson and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry joined Governor Dave Heineman, Lincoln Mayor Coleen Seng, and HUD Regional Director Macie Houston to see work begin on the innovative project

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Lincoln builder chosen to build pioneer affordable housing

Lincoln Journal Star - Lincoln,NE,USA

... Bowles said Brighton was chosen in part because of that relationship but also because of President Fernando Pages' "reputation for innovative building.". ...

Read article on Lincoln Journal Star.


Lincoln builder writes the book on affordable homebuilding

Fernando Pages wrote the book on affordable homebuilding — literally. And that book, "Building an Affordable House: Trade Secrets to High-Value, Low-Cost Construction," has been a huge success.

Read article - Lincoln Journal Star


Builder customizes homes to fit all cultures
When he was a homebuilder in southern California, Fernando Pages sold many houses to Mexican-American families.

He noticed that while his customers didn't complain about the typical "tract housing" he sold them, they immediately began making changes.

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Read article - Lincoln Journal Star

City approves housing sensitive to cultures

Lincoln Journal Star An ethnically diverse Lincoln neighborhood soon will have 16 affordable houses designed to suit different cultural norms.

The Lincoln City Council on Monday unanimously approved Liberty Village, which will be near the southwest corner of 24th and Vine streets.

Read article - Lincoln Journal Star


"Haymarket Lofts" project to be called "The Option"

Builders of a high-rise condominium project planned for a quiet corner of Lincoln's Haymarket clarified their plans this week, unveiling six stories of possibilities.

Fernando Pages Ruiz of Brighton Construction told the Lincoln-Lancaster Planning Commission that the "Haymarket Lofts"would instead be called "The Option." 

Read article - Lincoln Journal Star



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