RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION SITE
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 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.
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.