The students and staff at GNB Voc-Tech have just completed constructing a new garage/maintenance building for the Dartmouth Housing Authority.  This facility has a workshop that will be used for projects aligned with keeping the Authority’s buildings in good working order with dedicated garage space to house equipment.
Overall more than 120 students participated on this project over a period of time and on a rotting basis.  Carpentry students under the direction of instructor Frank Goncalves and construction assistant John Arruda erected the building envelope and applied all the interior finishes.  The plumbing students under the direction of instructor Scott Thibault connected the water and sewer tie ins and piped and installed the heating system, toilet, lavatory and shower.  Electrical students under the direction of instructor Jeffrey Wildrick wired the main service and panel; they provided outlets and lighting throughout to satisfy the needs of the staff and installed exterior lighting to coincide with the Authority’s décor.  Students from the paining and design department, directed by instructor Patricia Allen and assistant Dave Monteiro, wrapped the project up by applying all of the interior and exterior finishes to make for an eye appealing addition to Sol-E-Mar.
“This project and real life projects like this are an invaluable component to our students’ education.    The experience they gain provides opportunity to reinforce lessons the students have learned within the school setting and introduces aspects of a project and a construction site that are impossible to simulate in the shop or classroom.  all of the workmanship meets or exceeds code and industry standards, a measure fir which the students and instructors work very hard to achieve”, said Rob Gomes, Coordinator of Constriction Projects.
The Dartmouth Housing Authority’s staff and Board of Commissioners extends a heartfelt thank you to all who had any part in this project including Town departments who, without their guidance, we would not have had such a success!