Construction Academy’s new home nearly finished

Carley Carpenter
Journalism Student, Fergus High School

Fergus High School senior Danyon Rice sands mud from a doorway in 

the Construction Academy house.

Photos courtesy of Carley Carpenter

At the beginning of the school year, Mr. Drivdahl, Mr. Peevey, and the eight students in the Construction Academy set out to build a house. During sixth and seventh periods, the class and teachers travel to an empty field near the college, where the students have two hours to work together on the house. The students carpool to the site, and generally begin their work where they left off the day before.

The home will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a kitchen and living room in the upstairs portion. The house has already been purchased for $120,000, and once the job is finished, the house will be transported to the buyer’s land in two separate parts.

When interviewed in the fall, the class had just finished the flooring, and was hoping to get the walls and roof up before winter, and through the winter months, the students worked on the inside of the house.

The class measured spaces for rooms, constructed walls, insulated them, and dry-walled the surfaces.

On my visit to the construction site, senior Kai Krumwiede told me how the class started from nothing but wooden boards set up every two feet. They started with the floor, and then constructed the walls and roof. All that is left for the students is the flooring, painting and trim, and then the house will be ready for transport.

Upon visiting the house in person, I was extremely impressed with the work the class has done. The house is nearly finished, and the class anticipates that it will be finished by the end of the school year.



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