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The 31st Student House Project!

Looking good over
the winter months!
Inside Accomplishments

You may not see activity OUTSIDE the house, but on the INSIDE?
Insulation is nearly complete and drywall will be installed soon!

Did You Know?
The same students who are working on the Student House Project are ALSO working on a "Tiny Home for Seniors"
that will be displayed at the Frederick County Building Industry Association Home Show! For more information please
contact Donna at 301-663-3599 x101 or by e-mail at

Show Dates: Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, 2017
The Frederick Fairgrounds
Times: Saturday, 9am - 5pm and Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Working Inside And Out!

Lots going on at the homesite! Construction Electricity students are running conduit so that the future owners can easily install solar panels if they choose. The construction entrance has been removed and the last pallets of sod have been installed. Tidying up before the holday break!

Prepping for Some Curb Appeal!

All-hands-on-deck for Landscaping students as they route the downspouts away from the house and grade the soil in preparation for plant installation. Students will have two full days at the house to install the hardscape steps, patio and
sitting wall. Take a drive-by and you may just see them in action!

Back To School Means Back To Business!

Summer FLEW by, but students are excited to pick up where they left off. Framing, plumbing, electric and HVAC are all in
the final stages and landscaping students are in the planning phase. So much interest in the community and so much
support from local businesses! Thank you!

JUNE 2016
Interim Open House Brings High Pr

As the school year wraps up, the house is completely under roof. Current students brought their friends and parents to an "interim" open house, so they could see their handywork. The compliments were REALLY flowing about the craftsmanship and beauty of the house so far. Even the neighbors stopped by to say how they've enjoyed watching the students' progress!

MAY 2016
Local Businesses Come Out Of The Woodwork To Teach Their Trades

Without the support of local businesses, our Student House Project could never succeed. Students are diligently working with these professionals on plumbing and electrical infrastructure. So much behind-the-scenes is involved, and the students are experiencing ALL of it. Such a great opportunity for Frederick County Students!

Spring is SUPER Busy for House Project Students!

Things are really taking shape on Yellow Springs Road! During these early spring months, students competed at the Frederick Home Show "Builder Olympics", the roof was craned into place, AND students were filmed by WJLA-TV!

Check out the segment here, and be sure to check out the recent photos in the "Students in Action" section!

Winter Weather Doesn't Stop The Progress!

Inclimate weather simply means classroom instruction: Construction drawings are poured-over so that materials
can be estimated and ordered; safety and certification requirements are studied; and tool usage is honed.
Carpentry students even constructed the roof using a floor system! (This will be craned into place at a later date.)

Fun Facts:

  • To get to this point, students have spent 60 class periods constructing the roof.
    That is the equivalent of 11.25 eight-hour workdays!
  • Students have handled almost 14 tons of material while constructing the roof thus far.
Moving Right Along!

Big shout-out to Plumbing & HVAC students: their groundwork passed inspection with flying colors!
Carpentry students started on the subfloor: some even volunteered to come out on a Saturday! Field trips
included trips to the Williams Eco-Home and Nutricycle Systems to learn about sustainable building practices.



The Footers Are In...Let The Students Begin!

Footers are installed and students should begin working on-site on a regular basis. Landscaping students have stabilized the soil, there is a new construction entrance that allows safe turnaround for school busses, and HVAC students are starting on underslab plumbing. North Star Foundations assisted with site surveying and F.O. Day assisted with excavation.


Ground-Breaking Scheduled for Tuesday, August 18th at 4pm

With much excitement (and hopefully Mother Nature's cooperation), the ground-breaking for the 31st Student House Project will provide a great photo opportunity, as well as a chance to meet CTC instructors and staff, FCSCTF, Inc. Board members, local business contributors, and student representatives. Thank you to The Frederick News Post for the wonderful coverage!

JUNE 2015

Behind the Scenes Before Summer Break

There is a lot of prep-work before a home can be constructed! Carpentry students are framing exterior walls in the classroom and CAD students are working with Lancaster Craftsmen Builders to fine-tune architectural renderings.
Several behind-the-scenes activites will take place this summer to ensure that the students are able to "dive right in"
at the start of the school year. Rentals Unlimited donated overseeding equipment and Brandenburg Electric donated
a trencher to install the silt fence.

MAY 2015

Lot Preparation is Underway!

Preparation for the 31st Student House Project has begun and great business partnerships continue! Fox & Associates surveyed the lot. KLS Home Improvement brought in chainsaws and a loader to remove a tree from the future septic field and to test bore for for rock. Bobcat of Frederick provided the boring equipment. The tree is gone, and test bores did not produce rock!

Check out the "31st Students in Action" section at right for photos!


CAD rendering of 7924 Yellow Springs Road, Frederick, Maryland