Career and Technical Education Students Build a Home
Q&A with Janet Goble: Career and Technical Education Director at Canyons School District
Question: How many students worked on building the house?
Answer: Forty students worked diligently throughout the past year to construct the house from the ground up.
Question: Would you explain the step-by-step process and involvement of students building the house from the ground up?
Answer: Once the hole for the footing and foundation was dug, students helped set the forms for the footings and foundation and checked measurements. They then installed the radon ventilation system. They also did the pre-plumbing for sewer lines. Students then poured the cement floor for the basement. Next came floor joints and building walls. Once the interior walls were done, roof trusses were installed. Students assisted in placing roof trusses and then blocked to secure the roof trusses. They also assisted in overlay roofing. Then an exterior wrap to seal the home was installed.
Question: What came next?
Answer: Rough plumbing, rough electrical, furnace system and central vacuum system were then installed. Students participated in the inspections from Sandy City for the rough work.
Question: What did the finish work include?
Answer: Finish work included: windows, insulation, dry wall and mudding/texturing walls. (The painting was subbed out to insure a uniform look.) Trim work, hanging doors, outlets, switches and installing light fixtures kept students busy. Other inside finish work included laying bathroom tile and placing fixtures (cabinets, toilets, showers, tubs). Students installed the hardwood floor and handrails. Salt Lake Community College cabinetry students partnered with our district to construct all the cabinets for the home.
Question: What came next?
Answer: Time for the final concrete work: driveway and patio. Students then installed the rock fireplace.
Question: How did students get the materials to build the home? Were materials donated by local businesses?
Answer: The district purchased the lot and then uses the proceeds from the previous year to purchase materials for the home. CCG Howells donated furnishings for the Parade of Homes to compliment the interior design. Wright Homes facilitated entrance into the Parade of Homes.
Question: Does CTEC build a house every year?
Answer: Yes. As part of our on-site construction curriculum, students build a house from the ground up during each school year.
Question: Who was the interior designer?
Answer: Riverton High School Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) students enrolled in the Interior Design 2 course. Each year students present their ideas for the interior design to a committee. The team that is selected works closely with the on-site construction students to bring their design plan to life. Their theme is followed throughout all rooms in the home.
Question: Who did the landscaping?
Answer: CTEC students enrolled in the Horticulture Science program landscaped the home. This included deciding placement of trees and shrubs in addition to installing a sprinkler system (including electrical components) and laying sod.
Question: How do students become involved in the home building project?
Answer: Through participation in the CTEC On-site Building Construction program. In this program students learn construction skills including framing, roofing, painting, finish carpentry and concrete finishing.
Question: The home is beautiful! Where is it located?
Answer: The home is located at 569 East Rose Bowl Court (9235 South) in the Cottage Subdivision.
If building a house, landscaping a yard, or designing the interior of a house interests you contact your school counselor about participating in one of the following CTE Career Pathways—carpentry, electrician, HVAC, plumbing, horticulture science, or interior design.
Recent graduate Kiefer Williams talks to KUTV’s Heidi Hatch and Cristina Flores about CTEC’s Project House http://www.kutv.com/news/features/guests/stories/vid_524.shtml.