In October 2014, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) invited CSU, Chico to participate in the Tiny House Competition along with 12 other California colleges and universities. The following spring, Joe Dell'Osso (Senior, Construction Management) and Blake Bergh (Senior, Civil Engineering) founded the Chico State Tiny House Club as a means of facilitating Chico’s submission to the competition. As a university-recognized organization the Chico State Tiny House Club is committed to researching and developing sustainable housing solutions for the community.
The Chico State Tiny House team is comprised of a diverse group of students. We are freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in Mechanical, Mechatronic and Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Agriculture and Construction Management. Each team member brings a variety of inspirations to the project but we are rooted together in our common interest of creative solutions to Tiny House challenges.
The theme of Chico State’s Tiny House is minimizing our carbon footprint while maximizing our quality of living; increasing functionality and eliminating wasted space. Our team is passionate about sustainability and driven by the spirit of the Tiny House Movement, which we believe to be the responsible use of space and resources in housing design and construction.