Media Advisory: Seminole Ridge High HS to Load and Install Latest Habitat House

 

LOXAHATCHEE – Students from the Weitz Construction Academy at Seminole Ridge High School will roll out their sixth house built for Habitat for Humanity, load it on to seven tractor-trailers and install it in its new location over a two-day period.
WHAT: Load Day

WHEN: Thursday, November 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Seminole Ridge High School – Outside the Construction Academy
                4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road
                Loxahatchee
The students will push, by hand, the four completed house modules out of the school’s shop using heavy duty, industrial rollers and a pallet jack.  The modules will be hoisted by crane onto awaiting tractor-trailers where they will be secured for the drive to the holding lot along the east side of the school district’s Summit Blvd. maintenance headquarters.  They will park there overnight so that they are close to the site for the next day’s short drive to the property for installation as a permanent home.
WHAT: Installation Day
WHEN: Friday, December 1 from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Beginning around 6 a.m. two trailers containing two of the house modules will be driven from the School District’s Summit Road compound to the Miss Piney Road property.  The crane will arrive at Miss Piney and be set up by 8 a.m.

The first house module should be set in place on the foundation by 9 a.m.  The process of setting house modules and dried-in roof sections will continue in about 45-minute increments until all house modules and six roof sections have been set and the front door locked and secured.

Visual: A completed house module will be lifted from the trailer, fly through the air where the underside of the floor system is visible and hasn’t been seen by anyone since the February start of construction, and to then see the module get gently set down on top of the foundation, ending in a perfect fit of module to foundation.
The Project:
A 1,206 SF, 3 BR, 2 bath, one-story house constructed into four completed house modules (interior all wired, plumbed, insulated, dry walled, and finished) and six fabricated roof sections.
The six roof sections will get craned on top of the installed house modules to complete the house and to instantly make it watertight.
The start-to-finish construction of the modules and roofs at the school has been completed by the freshman through seniors in the Construction Academy.
Construction industry mentors have assisted Mr. Terkovich and the students in their training and construction work but the students have hammered every nail (and lots of them) and pulled every wire in the house.  Palm Beach County Building Department, under the direction of chief building official Doug Wise, has been an integral partner with the program and has completed all necessary building inspections at the school and will continue with those inspections at the property as Habitat and its volunteers complete the siding, painting, and other interior finishes.
The students assembled the first boards for this house on the concrete slab of the shop on February 3.  They will complete the construction to be ready for transport by November 21st.
That is the start-to-finish construction of a complete house in less than eight months of actual construction time.
The Academy will start construction on its eighth house in January and will be ready for transporting to a site in the city of West Palm Beach by the first week of December 2018.
Every senior in the Academy, who wanted a construction job over the past several years, has had multiple job offers for immediate employment by construction firms between Jacksonville and the Keys.
For more information about the program, you can visit the project’s website at: www.seminoleridgehabitathouse.com
Contacts for additional information:
Rick Terkovich, Academy teacher: (561) 985-2993frederick.terkovich@palmbeachschools.org
David Porter, volunteer architect and project mentor: (561) 694-0100dporter@porterarchitects.com
Bernie Godek, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of PBC: 561-253-2080godekb@habitatpbc.org
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