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SLC carpentry students build Outdoor Learning Laboratory for The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences

2013-10-23, 2:52 PM

SLC carpentry students build Outdoor Learning Laboratory for The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences

CORNWALL - St. Lawrence College carpentry students on the Cornwall Campus built The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences’ new Outdoor Learning Laboratory from the ground up over the course of two academic years.

In the Spring 2012 semester, students in the Carpenter – General program in Cornwall (now known as the General Construction Carpentry Techniques program) began work on the Outdoor Learning Laboratory, an impressive structure built for outdoor learning, wet research work, and community programs. The group of 24 carpentry students, under the supervision of Professor Mark MacDonell, dug the holes and installed the piers, poured the foundation, framed the walls and roof, and more.

While building the Outdoor Learning Laboratory, the same group of students simultaneously worked on building a house for Habitat for Humanity rather than forego one of the projects as both addressed needs in the community.

“Building the Outdoor Learning Laboratory for The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences and a house for Habitat for Humanity at the same time gave our students a tremendous hands-on learning experience. For example, students were able to learn two different framing techniques at the same time – stick framing to build walls for Habitat for Humanity and timber framing at the Outdoor Learning Laboratory,” said Mark MacDonell. “Both projects were also great opportunities for the students to give back to the community they study in.”

The Outdoor Learning Laboratory was completed this past spring when a second group of carpentry students finished the remaining work, including flashing, fascia, bracing, landscaping, and adding topsoil and a walkway. The students also built a fenced-in compound for outdoor storage on the same site.

The handiwork of carpentry students isn’t the only demonstration of SLC students’ abilities in the skilled trades. “We used a lot of metal brackets to bolt the framing together, and these were fabricated on-site at the College’s Cornwall campus by Welding and Fabrication students,” said MacDonell.

The Outdoor Learning Laboratory will benefit students in the College’s Environmental Technician program, who do laboratory work, research,  and field work at The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences.

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Denise Wing
Communications Officer
Marketing & Communications
St. Lawrence College
Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston
T 613-345-0660, ext. 2261
dwing@sl.on.ca