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Tiny House Construction Expert to Speak on Campus, April 28

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Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016

Building Tiny Houses Before the Tiny House Movement Even Started

Westminster College will host speaker Bill Rockhill, Tiny House construction expert from Woodgate, New York, at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28 in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Rockhill will present “Big Man. Little House: How a Guy from the Bronx ended up in the Adirondacks building Tiny Houses before the Tiny House Movement Even Started” in conjunction with the Tiny House project being launched at Westminster College.

Rockhill, the owner of Bear Creek Carpentry, a family-run business building tiny houses for almost 25 years, has been providing his expertise to Westminster’s Tiny House planning team over the phone for the past two months.

“We are very excited to bring Bill to campus and to meet and work with him in person,” said Dr. Helen Boylan, professor of chemistry and program coordinator for the environmental program. “We’ve been assembling ideas in the planning stage for some time now, and with Bill’s tiny house construction expertise, the project will really come to life.”

Tiny Houses, which have piqued social and environmental interest across the globe, are loosely categorized as homes that are between 100 and 400 square feet. These houses require less energy and economic consumption, and support the ideas of simplification and sustainability. 

The Tiny House project at Westminster College is an educational movement allowing the College to develop a unique living and learning experience that integrates concepts of sustainability, simple living, and environmental studies into students’ coursework and lifestyles. 

Contact Boylan at or (724) 946-6293 for more information.