Olympic High Schoolers get a Behind the Scenes look at Homebuilding

by Kayla Kody on May 28, 2015

 

We love our industry, so when Olympic High School asked if we’d give their students a look at what it takes to build a home, we couldn’t say no. We’d like to see more kids target homebuilding for an occupation and collaborating with Olympic High School seemed like a great way to do that!

This year about Olympic High School Students35 students visited The Palisades where we have two new neighborhoods, Briarcliff and Morningside. The students got to take a look at two of our quick move in homes that were in different stages of construction as well as our Redwood model that will open the 1st of June. While walking through each home the students learned about the different stages of the building process, the importance of safety on the job site (of course each student got a Shea hardhat to keep), and what goes into building a quality home.

Vice President of Sales and Marketing Michele Scott, Designer April Gilmore, and Neighborhood Superintendent Chase Lowder shared information about their roles at Shea Homes. These three roles represent the before, during, and after parts of the building process and prove to be helpful in illustrating the amount of work required to get the job done well. As usual April Gilmore’s job as a designer was a popular one. “April’s job seems to be their favorite” commented John Shea “they always ask how they too can become a designer.”

Some of our trades came out to explain their businesses, their roles, and the opportunities available. Companies represented included Griffin Masonry, Price Brothers Plumbing, and Custom Features.

After a day full of learning the students gathered at the clubhouse to enjoy lunch catered by Toast and have the opportunity to ask questions, and talk to each presenter individually. “It’s a really great group of kids, if we can inspire just one child to take an interest in an industry that will help them stay on a positive track, then we feel good about that” said John Shea.

If you ask us, the best part of it all was theOlympic High Schooler's Thank You Cards Thank You cards we received!

We’d like to give a special thanks to all of our trades that came out, as well as Angela Petros, Ms. Robinson, and other teachers with Olympic High School for taking the time to make this a great experience. We look forward to next year!

 

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