Fresno State’s Lyles College of Engineering students are hosting a “tiny launch party” to kick off their Tiny House Project at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16.

The students are designing and building a tiny house for the Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District’s inaugural Tiny House Competition.

The tiny house movement, which is gaining momentum nationwide, is an architectural and social movement that encourages simpler living in very small homes. These fully functional homes (usually between 100 and 400 square feet) can often be transported on a trailer. Reasons for living in a tiny house include environmental concerns, financial considerations and the desire for more time, freedom and mobility.

“Our tiny frame is complete, and the interior and exterior plans are finalized,” said Brad Hyatt, professor and faculty adviser for the Fresno State Tiny House Project. “All will be on display at our tiny launch party. Our students want to share how they are working to realize the vision of fully sustainable, tiny living.”

The event will be held in Lot P21 on the Fresno State campus (on Jackson Avenue south of Barstow Avenue).

Hyatt and students, including project manager Rodrigo Alcantar, will be on hand to answer questions.

The goal of the competition is to “empower students to design and build an affordable, sustainable, zero net energy tiny house solution for the San Joaquin Valley.” Fresno State’s completed house will be transported to Sacramento in October 2016 to be showcased.

All are invited to join the Fresno State Tiny House Project community on Facebook (Fresno State Tiny House) and on Twitter and Instagram (@FSTinyHouse).

The Fresno State Tiny House Project is coordinated by the Construction Management Program in the Lyles College and supported by students in the departments of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Art and Design and Mass Communication and Journalism.

For more information, contact Brad Hyatt, faculty adviser, at 559.278.7735 or, or Emmalie Castro, student media contact, at 559.960.7353 or

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