The idea of building the Seminole Ridge High School Habitat for Humanity House came from the experience of constructing the Ticket Building at the school and from Glen Nalicki at Marathon High, who was doing a similar project with his students. “We wanted to see what they were doing so Jim Politis, Choice Specialist for Technology Education, and I drove down to the Keys to see the modular home that the students in Marathon were working on,” said Rick Terkvich, Construction Instructor.
The Palm Beach County chapter of Habitat and all of the other partners were thrilled to support the project and after two years of contracts, permits, blueprint revisions and many hours of teaching and planning, the first materials arrived in August 2011.
Work on the house is being done by the juniors and seniors of the Construction Academy along with some sophomores. Each of the Academy’s different class groups have been divided into four teams. Each team for each class is in charge of all construction on their designated module. When the next class comes in, they take over where the last class left off. It is shift work training at its best.
More than 100 students have participated in the project putting together the roof, electrical, plumbing, and all of the parts of the modular home. The main graduating seniors of the project are: Anthony Armeli, Josh Hope, Priscilla Cerqueira, Hunter Johnson, Justin Kaufman, Mike Masters, Mike Maxwell, John Montanelli, Joe Reed, Roman Fernandez, Joe Pugliese.
Color coding of hard hats to identify the various teams was the brainchild of Bill Featherston, the GC advisor for the construction work, and it has helped to corral the students back to their respective modules to keep the progress moving along. A team leader for each group was chosen by Mr. Terkovich to serve as the foreman and for quality control. Mr. Featherson and the architect, David Porter, make weekly “job site” visits to the shop to look over the construction, advise about the next steps, and to show the students what, if anything, needs to be corrected.
The students are getting a real life construction site experience. There are safety briefings (and reminders) and no one, including the adult advisers, subcontractors, and consultants assisting with the project, steps inside the fenced construction zone surrounding the work without wearing a hard hat, proper clothing, proper footwear, and eye protection.
In preparation for the project each student received a 30-hour OSHA construction safety training and certificate as a part of the program taught by Mr. Terkovich (a certified OSHA trainer).
The students have progressed faster with the construction than any of the adults associated with the project imagined might be possible. On November 13, 2012 the house modules and roof segments will be rolled out of the school’s shop and craned onto awaiting flat-bed trailers. Then, early on November 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. the trucks and trailers will pull out of the school in Loxahatchee and drive along Okeechobee Boulevard to the awaiting foundation at 2431 Saranac Avenue in the Westgate neighborhood of unincorporated Palm Beach County.
To see photos and read about this amazing project from start to finish, please visit www.seminoleridgehabitathouse.com.
For more information contact John Walker, Academy Coordinator at (561) 422-2600 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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