ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — A student organization at New Mexico State University is involved in helping a nonprofit real-estate developer construct a sustainable housing community for homeless veterans in Alamogordo.
The students and faculty advisers in Aggies Without Limits, formerly Engineering Without Boundaries, spent their summer helping the nonprofit Fox Hole Homes build the prototype the rest of the community will be modeled after.
“Sustainable housing means tiny homes,” said Kenny Stevens, AWL faculty adviser and professor in the Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering Department, “in the 120-to-150-square-foot range and made out of as many recycled materials as possible, and if not recycled materials, then materials that are available locally.”
The sustainable-housing model being used in Alamogordo is based off the earth ships in Taos County, Stevens said.
“Earth ships are built using recycled materials, the walls are made out of tires filled with rammed earth,” Stevens …