Shelterhouse project moves ahead

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Photo courtesy of Groveport Madison Schools
A student in Groveport Madison High School’s construction trades program at work on a project.

Planning is progressing on the city of Groveport and the Groveport Madison High School’s construction trades program’s collaboration to build a shelterhouse in Cruiser Park.

According to Groveport Building Official Mike Poirier, will be 16×20 feet in size and be located just west of the Cruiser Park (4677 Bixby Road) parking lot. The shelterhouse will be a wooden structure on a concrete pad.

“We’re waiting for the school district’s formal application for the project for more details,” said Poirier, who said building, zoning, and floodplain must process first and be approved before construction can commence.

He added the permits are good for six months.

The city will fund the materials and the students in Groveport Madison High School’s construction trades program will do the design and construction work.

“We’re waiting a cost proposal from the school district for materials,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King.

A private company could donate the concrete for the project.

According to Groveport Madison Schools Director of Business Operations Dave Hausmann work on the shelterhouse is tentatively expected to begin in August or September. The completion date is to be determined.

“It’s a great opportunity for the students to learn about plans, permitting, construction and inspections,” said Hausmann.

“This is a volunteer effort by the students,” added King. “It is a learning experience for them and a source of pride for them in the community. They are learning valuable skills in construction and learning about the permit process, which will help them in their future occupations. This project will teach them about all the processes involved in projects like these.”

When asked if the city and the high school construction trades program could work on more projects together in the future, King said, “The hope is, ‘yes.’ We can get together at the beginning of the school year and identify what can be built and talk it through.”

About construction trades program
The Groveport Madison High School construction trades program, which began in 2018, prepares students for careers in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining commercial, industrial and residential structures and infrastructures. Students in the program may continue into registered apprenticeship or traditional post-secondary programs.

The students in the construction trades program have built several structures, including: the new visitors’ concession stand at Cruiser Stadium at Groveport Madison High School; a concession stand for the high school Cruiser baseball field; “cubbies” created in the dugouts of the Cruiser softball program where players can store batting helmets, batting gloves and field gloves; a playhouse for Little Cruisers Preschool; a deck at the softball concession stand; Adirondack chairs; garden sheds; a project for the Groveport Madison Area Community Choir; 10×10 barn sheds; raised planters; birdhouses that were donated to the wildlife department; projects at the high school for classrooms; and personal projects students keep.

According to construction trades program instructor Chad Gibbs, jobs in the construction fields are in demand. Companies offer paid apprenticeship programs and paid post education. He said companies pay high dollars for students skilled in the trades fields.

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