For several weeks this past winter, carpentry students at the Providence Career and Technical Academy, were involved in a unique, high-profile project. After being approached by the Rhode Island Builders Association (RIBA), teachers Patrick Bowen and Ronald Carreiro seized the opportunity to instruct their students in building a model showcase home for the Rhode Island Home Show. The home was a centerpiece of the event, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center from March 5-8, and was used to display Cabot House furniture.
According to Bowen, just two days before the event, on Monday, March 3, five seniors from the Carpentry Department arrived at PCTA at 6 a.m. to work despite the fact that it was a snow day. Bowen, Carreiro and Director Ramon Torres accompanied them to the Convention Center where they assembled the panelized structure, along with numerous volunteers from RIBA.
“It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved,” said Bowen. “On Tuesday, carpentry and electrical students worked together to complete the final touches. We can all be proud of the wonderful job our students have done and in the exceptional way they represented PCTA.”
On the Home Show’s Opening Day, March 5, the students and their teachers attended the ribbon-cutting. The next day, “The Rhode Show” filmed live from the Convention Center and recognized the work of the PCTA students.
According to Bowen, RIBA was thrilled with how the project came together. They dismantled and stored the home showcase, which can be reused and modified by PCTA students for future Home Show events.
To see a timelapse video of the home showcase being assembled, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjOhBeGvNag&hd=1