The Rhode Island Home Show is a popular local event, held each year at the Convention Center, where contractors, builders, tradespeople as well as homeowners can view numerous exhibits designed to showcase home improvement and construction.
This year’s event, to be held from March 5-8, has a very visible and strong student involvement. Carpentry students at the Providence Career and Technical Academy, under the direction of instructors, Patrick Bowen and Ron Carreiro, have been working with John Marcantonio, executive director of the Rhode Island Builders Association, since September to design and build a major home show exhibit.
Carpentry students have been preparing, planning and building pre-fabricated wall panels and other components to create a 32’x48’ home showcase. Attendees at the Home Show will be able to stroll through this showcase and see custom-designed, multiple room settings featuring Cabot House furniture.
The structure is being built in panels and will be assembled at the Convention Center just before the Home Show by PCTA students and RIBA volunteers.
Approximately 20 juniors and seniors from the carpentry department are working on the project. They reached out to other technical programs at PCTA including graphic arts, mechanical drafting and electrical to contribute to this project. Students from the graphic arts department photographed and videotaped the work as it progressed in the carpentry shop while others generated CAD drawings, which they hope to showcase at the Home Show.