February is time for the move

Neufeld Movers loads each unit of the 4Plex on to a truck.
Neufeld Movers loads each unit of the 4Plex on to a truck.
Once the units are in Saskatoon, the will be craned off the truck and moved onto the ICF basement.
Once the units are in Saskatoon, the will be craned off the truck and moved onto the ICF basement.
Although we are saying goodbye to the 4Plex, we already have the floor system to start a duplex that will go to Avenue W.
Although we are saying goodbye to the 4Plex, we already have the floor system to start a duplex that will go to Avenue W.
Street View of all 4 units in place on Avenue S South.  They fit!
Street View of all 4 units in place on Avenue S South. They fit!

January 2015

Grade 11 and 12 construction students use the 3 weeks before final exams to finish hanging drywall  on the four units of the Avenue S 4Plex.
Grade 11 and 12 construction students use the 3 weeks before final exams to finish hanging drywall on the four units of the Avenue S 4Plex.
A 4Plex means some commercial requirements  rather than the usual residential.  Fireguard drywall is required in some situations that would not otherwise be needed.
A 4Plex means some commercial requirements rather than the usual residential. Fireguard drywall is required in some situations that would not otherwise be needed.
The plan is to have all the boarding complete by end of semester for the units to be moved in February.
The plan is to have all the boarding complete by end of semester for the units to be moved in February.
As the drywall jobs disappear, some students use their time to finish sheds that are at different stages of completion.
As the drywall jobs disappear, some students use their time to finish sheds that are at different stages of completion.

Early Safety Training Program – Nov/Dec

Our daVinci Project Partnership with the Early   Safety Training Program, provided Scaffolding Certification for our Grade 11 and 12 construction students.
Our daVinci Project Partnership with the Early Safety Training Program, provided Scaffolding Certification for our Grade 11 and 12 construction students.
Although we rarely need to go above two scaffold sections high, Scaffolding Certification means that our students are prepared for construction work beyond high school.  Blurring the lines between high school and the work world is a key aspect of the daVinci Project.
Although we rarely need to go above two scaffold sections high, Scaffolding Certification means that our students are prepared for construction work beyond high school. Blurring the lines between high school and the work world is a key aspect of the daVinci Project.

October 30 – ICF Pour at Avenue S South

Bracing, scaffold, and safety rails are all in place.  Concrete pump truck is ready to go
Bracing, scaffold, and safety rails are all in place. Concrete pump truck is ready to go
Students join the crew of the Contractor who is a Habitat Partner.
Students join the crew of the Contractor who is a Habitat Partner.
Screeding and trowelling concrete on the window bucks.
Screeding and trowelling concrete on the window bucks.
Screeding the top of the forms.
Screeding the top of the forms.
Top dressing the window bucks after the concrete has been vibrated.
Top dressing the window bucks after the concrete has been vibrated.
Kristen is placing the concrete from the pump. Riley following with the concrete vibrator. Screed boards and trowels are right behind.
Kristen is placing the concrete from the pump. Riley following with the concrete vibrator. Screed boards and trowels are right behind.
The pour went very well.  No form blow outs. A fantastic example of team work.  Students have now completed the first of 2 ICF pours required for Nudura Install Certification.
The pour went very well. No form blow outs. A fantastic example of team work. Students have now completed the first of 2 ICF pours required for Nudura Install Certification.

October 14 – ICF Install at Avenue S South

Nudura blocks have to be unloaded and carried to the site
Nudura blocks have to be unloaded and carried to the site
14 pairs of hands make quick work of unloading a trailer.
14 pairs of hands make quick work of unloading a trailer.
Survey pins have been located and chalk lines snapped.
Survey pins have been located and chalk lines snapped.
The first course of blocks is being set.
The first course of blocks is being set.
Students are applying the  knowledge that they have  learned about setting up corners and T intersections.
Students are applying the knowledge that they have learned about setting up corners and T intersections.
Safety caps are removed as progress is made. First course is almost complete.
Safety caps are removed as progress is made. First course is almost complete.
Excellent progress for the first day. Students worked until 5:00 and started on the third course of blocks.  They will return on Thursday to finish laying blocks and install bracing.  Pour date to be booked shortly.
Excellent progress for the first day. Students worked until 5:00 and started on the third course of blocks. They will return on Thursday to finish laying blocks and install bracing. Pour date to be booked shortly.

October 2014

Student have a full day of training for basic certification in Nudura Insulated Concrete Form installation. Students will be going to Saskatoon next week to stack blocks and help pour the basement for the Avenue S 4Plex.
Student have a full day of training for basic certification in Nudura Insulated Concrete Form installation. Students will be going to Saskatoon next week to stack blocks and help pour the basement for the Avenue S 4Plex.
Grade 7 and 8 students are building dog houses out of the scrap material from the 4Plex project.  The dog houses will be sold at the Habitat Re-Store.
Grade 7 and 8 students are building dog houses out of the scrap material from the 4Plex project. The dog houses will be sold at the Habitat Re-Store.

daVinci Project Year 2 – September 2014

We are very excited to be starting our second year of the daVinci Project. Much of September has been cleaning up odds and ends, and moving things over from the temporary compound to our permanent compound. The 4 modules of the Avenue S. 4Plex are ready to be moved, as soon as the ICF basement is completed in Saskatoon. Grade 11 and 12 students have completed the insulation and vapour barrier and passed inspection. Grade 7 and 8 students are building bird houses and dog houses out of scrap material from the 4Plex Project.

Our next Project for Habitat for Humanity is a duplex that will go to Avenue W. We will start on the duplex as soon as the 4Plex units are moved out.