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Beginning in 2001, the Utah Valley Home Builders had an idea: build a house to benefit students at Brigham Young University. Eighteen years later, the UVHBA is building its 10thhome and has amassed nearly $2 million in an endowed scholarship for the students at BYU studying construction management and other majors.


Appropriately named for the mascot of Brigham Young University, each Cougar House is constructed by UVHBA members who donate their time, knowledge and resources to build a brand new home in the community. This home is then sold with the proceeds going directly to Brigham Young University.


This year’s home is nestled in the community of Elk Ridge. Casey Cloward of Raykon Construction, Shane Harr of Pure Haven Homes and Jeff Southard of South Haven Homes are overseeing the construction of Cougar House Ten.


No other association in the nation has fostered such a relationship with universities to contribute in this unique fashion; UVHBA is a pioneer in this effort. Based in Vineyard and founded in 1975, the UVHBA is the leading association in Utah actively working to protect, preserve and promote housing. To learn more about this non-profit organization or to get involved visit

The tenth Cougar House built by members of the UVHBA is underway in Elk Ridge.