Our House Diary# 66: …And It All Went Well!!, Feb. 11, 2017

Yesterday was the big move day. Our goal was to deliver, assemble and weatherproof the Our House by the end of the day.

We started early on probably the coldest day of the past year…oh well, just another challenge to surmount!

The Trucking company arrived early and loaded up the ground floor units…img_4314

…while the crane was setting up on site:


Then the transport convey wended it way through the street of Ormstown:


…arriving at the end of Isabelle Street with the units. After the initial prep, the crane hosted them up and they were placed on the slab:

…and then we arranged the materials on the ceilings of the ground floor unit that were to be placed in the attic of the second floor:

This all occurred before lunch, and soon after the break, the other units arrived:


The roofs were raised with the help of the crane:

the back upper floor was placed and the insulation and the gyproc for the demising wall was put into the attic:


Everything was cleared off the structure for the last module:


…and then the forth and final unit was placed:


(photo credit: Gerry Rossiter….my camera gave up the ghost!)

The guys from Transport Champion and Grues Bourgeous were patient and professional. The also expressed their admiration for work well done: solid, secure, straight and square! One of them told me it was the best built house he had ever installed. All of you who worked on it and participated in the construction can be proud! Many congratulations!

My sincere thanks to all the students of CVCEC who worked so hard and long on this project!

This is probably the last of the “Our House Diary” series….kind of the end of an era.

The responsibility of the project has been passed on from our hands, and although I will probably be volunteering on site for Habitat for Humanity, my work there will not be part of my tasks as teacher at CVCEC.  I will update you on progress and challenges and solutions, but it will not be part of the student based learning as it was at the Centre.

Those of you who wish to volunteer will have to do so through Habitat! For now, please accept my thanks for what has been a job well done. It makes me extremely proud to be a teacher at CVCEC and to have had the honour of working and learning with all of you.

See you at school as we get back to the normal bump and grind of learning at CVCEC!


About jhcarpentry

I am a teacher in the Construction Carpentry Program at the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) for the New Frontiers School board. This blog is a way for me to connect with my students.
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2 Responses to Our House Diary# 66: …And It All Went Well!!, Feb. 11, 2017

  1. Caroline Beaulieu says:

    I am so proud of the whole CVCEC school community! It was a rough ride but the final product was worth all the headaches. Congrats to the team! Michel Beaulieu isn’t getting much credit but it couldn’t of happened without him! We were lucky that Stephane had worked with him and we were twice lucky that he was willing to help.
    I am sooo impressed with the growth that the carpentry staff made during this journey. It forced individuals to work as a team, it provided learning for all and made me proud to see it all unfold!
    Cheers to all!

    • jhcarpentry says:

      You are so right, Caroline! Lots of people who played essential roles in the background and without whom we would not be able to have achieved this measure of success. This also includes you!!
      Thank you for your continued support and for helping keep us honest!!

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