Students from Greater Lawrence Tech recently finished construction on a duplex built in conjunction with Andover Community Trust.

“Partnering with Andover Community Trust allows our students from multiple disciplines to gain valuable, hands-on experience building a home, and it also allows students to utilize their trade knowledge and skills in a way that will make a big difference in someone else’s life,” Superintendent John Lavoie said. “It’s a great way for students to learn and become invested in a project that will make a positive impact in the community.”

More than 100 juniors and seniors from Greater Lawrence Tech’s carpentry, electrical, plumbing and HVAC programs worked on the project with the help of instructors Charlie Kennedy, Kenny Henricks, Mike Capeless, Peter Magee, Bret Marciano and Joe Savino. The school's been partnering with the Andover-based nonprofit that builds affordable homes since 1999.

It's been a multi-year project that started in 2018 when students and instructors completed the first-floor framing of the duplex located on Lupine Road in Andover. During the next school year from 2019 to 2020 they framed the house and prepped for the roof.

“It has also taught us valuable lessons in communication, problem-solving and life lessons,” said Emilio Cardona, of North Andover, a junior in the carpentry program.

Construction for the duplex was halted in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but students were able to resume work last November.

That's when they finished installing plumbing, electrical work, duct work, and fire caulking. Routine inspections on the home were completed in June.

Carpentry students working on the project were able to put their skills to use. They learned about plan reading, building codes, portable power tool use, pneumatic tool use, safety, personal protective equipment (PPE), fall protection use and set up, ladders, framing floors, walls, ceilings, roofs and stairs all on the job.

Other groups learned similar skills for their trades.

“The experience on the house project has taught us to work as a team and to challenge ourselves individually,” said Scarlett Holbrook, of Andover, a junior in the carpentry program. 

 

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