FGHS students host annual Viking House open house
Students from the Advanced Building Construction program at Forest Grove High School have been hard at work building a home for this year's Viking House project and are ready to show it off.
The annual Viking House open house takes place this weekend, Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, from noon to 5 p.m. The open house gives community members a chance to see the work of this year's students, who are part of a program which has been supporting student building projects every year since 1975.
"The goal is to challenge students with real world expectations and deadlines while gaining valuable skills and exposure to numerous industry related careers," the program website states. "These young builders perform all of the major carpentry tasks on the home through the course of the school year in conjunction with industry professionals."
This year's building crew included Max Auran, Ryan Thompson, Austin Turvey, Gage Pittman, Zach Richards, Kurtis Van Dyke, Jarrett Van Dyke, Emeli Fataua, Duncan Reasoner, Kayla Limbeck, Jordan Van Fleet, Sofia Dobberfuhl, Luis Gonzalez-Garcia, Sterling Sharp, Austin Cogswell and Geordi Mora-Lopez.
The students from the self-funded program helped to build a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,813-square-foot home this year, located at 1230 35th Ave. in Forest Grove.
"The goal then is the same today, challenge students to rise and meet or exceed industry standards, on time, on budget, and with no excuses," the site states. "Working closely with industry professionals, these outstanding students are building homes known for their classic details, quality workmanship, and energy efficiency."
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
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