Building Construction I & II

Instructor: Sam Morgan 



Grade Level(s): 11-12


Optional Dual Enrollment: 3 credits per year 

March 16, 2020

Dear Students and Families of Building & Construction:

I hope this letter finds you well.  

Please be reminded that Susie G Gibson Science and Technology Center is closed through March 29, 2020.  The building is closed to students and the public. Students should NOT continue work-based learning during the closure period, and all field trips, assemblies, club meetings, service projects, and other school activities are cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later date.

Our class will not be meeting, and any work completed during the closure period is for enrichment purposes.  This work will not be graded and cannot be required for course completion in terms of high school credits. We also understand that you are preparing for a career about which you care deeply and want to provide you with learning resources during the closure period.  You are encouraged to access these via internet. You can access your textbook with the following:

 user name -bstc02

password-  mcarp16

Should additional resources become available for you, I will share them with you via Google Classroom.  If you have technical questions about what you may need to do given your personal and professional goals, please contact me at

Fortunately,we have completed all VDOE approved and elected credentialing.

Please feel free to reach me via email.  I will be working remotely during school hours and will respond to email.  My email address is School phones are not available.  Again, as your resources allow, we encourage you to use this time to keep learning while observing appropriate guidance on social distancing.

Keep washing your hands, and we will hope to see you soon!


Sam Morgan

Enrollment requirements: It is helpful if the student has taken Construction Technology in the Technology Ed. Dept, but it is not required.

Certification or licensing requirements and/or opportunities: Students will take a 10 hr. OSHA Construction Safety course and will become certified. This certification is required by many employers in the construction field. Students will be taking SKILLSUSA Carpentry Assessment Test in order to get the carpentry credential. Seniors will take the Va. Pre- Contractor License course and will be registered with DPOR to be eligible to pursue a Va State Contractor License.

Description:   Building Construction is a two year program designed to develop in the student entry level skills in the light construction industry and basic cabinetry.   Shop skills are taught in a 4500 sq. ft. lab equipped with industrial quality woodworking and construction machinery. Pneumatic tools and all modern portable power tools are used to simulate on-the-job work as nearly as possible.  Students have built a 1056 sq. ft. Habitat for Humanity modular home containing 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, living room, kitchen and dining room including a full set of kitchen and bathroom cabinets.  In the first year, instruction is provided in shop safety, machine and tool use, blueprint reading, house framing, applying roofing materials.   The students will also learn the basics of plumbing materials required to rough in a house and how they are installed.   Also in the first year, is the introduction to masonry with concrete pouring and block laying. 

During the second year students learn to install windows and doors, insulating, interior wall coverings, and installation of vinyl siding and exterior trim.  They will also receive instruction in interior and exterior trim methods along with advanced woodworking skills. Advanced rafter and stair building will be included in the second year

Physical requirements: Physical strength for carrying building materials is necessary. No fear of heights for ladder and roof work. Ability to work outside in hot and cold conditions.
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