Residential Construction



Located in Springfield, Virginia, the Spring Village Residential Construction Site is a unique, community-based, construction technologies program in Fairfax County. It provides an opportunity for students to apply their on-site classroom instructions directly to the house under construction in a residential community.

By working closely with professional sub-contractors in various trades, the students gain valuable in-depth experience regarding the construction industry.


  • The previous site, Spring Hill Residential Construction Site located in McLean, Virginia, the Residential Construction Site Program completed sixteen single-family homes in the Condon Manor I & II development.
  • The homes ranged in size from 2,800 sq. ft. to greater than 6,300 sq. ft. with sale prices starting at $180,000 in the 1970s and topping 2.1 million in 2005.
  • A groundbreaking ceremony was held in June 2006 to officially kick off the new project known as Spring Village Estates, a community of 18 single-family homes built in partnership between FATE, FCPS, and construction industry leaders helping students realize their career goals in the construction industry.
  • The new site is located at the intersection of the Franconia-Springfield Parkway and Spring Village Drive.
Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc.

The 2006 Summer Program was instrumental in completing the transition to Spring Village. It included setting up the office and classroom trailers, besides building a deck as a staging area and putting a fence up around trailers. By working alongside industry professionals, the 06-07 students helped with the foundation forms and then learned how to lay out the "groundwork" (the first step in the plumbing installation) for the first home at Spring Village.

A ‘framing package’ was utilized for the first time where students were introduced to modernized industry-accepted framing methods like panelized walls and TGI flooring systems. They also had the opportunity to stick frame the interior non-load-bearing walls.

Bruce Morrow, INSTRUCTOR

Photo of instructor B Morrow

(571) 544-2181
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Current Residential Model

The current construction model has two homes under construction to enable students to learn about all the aspects of residential construction in a single school year. One of the homes will be in rough carpentry while the second home will be in finish carpentry. This model provides the students the opportunity to switch between the two phases while being able to be a part of the entire construction process. It offers a great platform for students to correlate what they learn in the classroom with the real world and understand that each phase of construction is heavily reliant on the previous stages.

Foundation Way Staged