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Open House dates set for 42nd Woodstock high school students’ building trades house

Project part of the Woodstock Community Unit School District Building Trades Program

Woodstock High School building trades teacher Dale Dougherity works with a student setting a window May 9 at the student-built home at 1401 Sandpiper Lane in Woodstock. The home now is up for sale, and open houses will be held the weekend of May 17 to 19.
Woodstock High School building trades teacher Dale Dougherity works with a student setting a window May 9 at the student-built home at 1401 Sandpiper Lane in Woodstock. The home now is up for sale, and open houses will be held the weekend of May 17 to 19.

There’s something distinctive about the class project that a few dozen Woodstock and Woodstock North high school students have been working on during the past two years.

One lucky family will call it home.

Woodstock School District 200 Building Trades Program students have been putting the finishing touches on the 1,650-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 1401 Sandpiper Lane in the Country Ridge Subdivision.

Open house dates and times are scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Dale Dougherity, building trades teacher, said students have been working hard in the final weeks, trimming windows and measuring baseboards in preparation for the open house weekend. The Sandpiper Lane house is the 42nd building trades house constructed since the program began in 1972.

Construction began with permitting and excavation in June 2017. Students over the last two years have helped with every facet of construction along the way from installing light fixtures, ceiling fans and custom maple cabinets to putting in drywall and marble vanity tops.

Former building trades teacher Pete Catan, who retired in June 2018, had been keeping track of the careers of his students over the years since he began in 1996 and said there were 36 former students who owned their own construction companies.

One former student is a site superintendent at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., he said.

Justin Smith, assistant superintendent for middle and high school education, said District 200 is proud of the program’s tradition and reputation.

“The Building Trades Program provides our high school students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn lifelong construction skills,” Smith said. “Our students leave this program knowing their hard work has made a lasting impact on the community and can take pride in the finished product.”

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