BOCES carpentry students gain hands-on experience by improving the community

NORWICH – Thanks to a partnership between the City of Norwich and the DCMO BOCES Carpentry and Building Construction class, 49 Front Street has a new look.

In place of an unsightly burned out structure, stands a two story home that will be inhabitable within one and a half to two years. The 1700 square foot home, complete with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a full basement, sits on a lot of approximately a quarter acre. Guided by instructors Kent Rubottom and Rich Dando, high school students, along with five adult students, have built the home from the ground up as part of their Career and Technical Education curriculum. Using lumber supplied by Curtis Lumber, students have honed their site layout, framing, roofing, and carpentry skills through hands-on experience. Currently, students are framing walls for the second floor. Further into construction, they will be responsible for insulation, sheetrock, and finishing touches such as interior trim and cabinet installation.

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