On Friday, August 24 faculty and staff involved with the Ranken Community Development Corporation (RCDC) held a Construction Kick-off Meeting to introduce students to the expectations and process involved with building a home that will turn their classroom experience into real-world experience.
The event began with John Wood, vice president for student success giving an overview of the program that included the history, funding, acquisition of lots and how the homes are sold followed by Kelley Raftery, ART instructor introducing the floor plan, elevations and other exterior features of the new home. Next, Carpentry instructor Jeff Bosick gave a presentation of the green building techniques that have been implemented, followed by information about plumbing and HVACR systems given by Drew Shands and Chris Brueggeman, respectively. The event ended with a presentation from Carpentry department chair Bryan Hicklin who gave an overview of work site policies and procedures including safety, teamwork and the importance of respecting the surrounding neighborhood and community.
Construction will begin on the new home on Evans Avenue next week with the Superior Wall foundation installation and rough framing. Once completed, the home will be the 54 home built by RCDC since its inception in 1994.