House rules: Student labor is secret sauce behind Bowmen House
Several industrious Sherwood High School students were on hand May 24 to show off the fruits of their labor at the unveiling of the fourth Bowmen House.
Built by the students, the Bowmen House is at 15804 S.W. First St., just blocks from the library. It has 1,785 square feet, with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. Construction began December 2017, and with the help of community donations, students finally celebrated their achievement by conducting public tours at the Open House.
Jon Dickover, construction instructor at Sherwood High, oversaw the students during the ambitious project.
"If you include everybody in this, there were approximately 175 to 200 kids who have a hand in it," Dickover said, noting Gaston High School contributed by building cabinets. "There are 16 kids in the class at any given time. Over the course of the two years, I have approximately 30 different kids who actually build the home in my Bowmen House class."
The Bowmen House has several amenities, including a central vacuum system that will allow the homeowner to keep dust away. Outside the living room area, separated by a sliding glass door, a homeowner will be able to entertain guests on a patio that features a built-in sink and barbecue.
The Bowmen House project provides a chance for students to learn about various trades.
"Our society is starting to realize that there are high-paying, living-wage jobs out there where you don't have to go to college to be a successful person," Dickover said. "You could raise a family off of going into the trades."
One of the students on hand at the event, Samuel Quaglio, described the satisfaction he experiences from helping build the Bowmen House.
"It's really a fun project that we did, working with a team," Quaglio said. "We really became like a family working with this. It was just a blast building it — everyone is coming to look at the house."
Another student, Natalie Kapuniai-Ryan, enjoyed the program and is considering getting into the business of building homes.
"I really like this class, honestly," she said. "I look forward to, at the end of the day, coming here and learning new stuff. I love working with the people. I'm looking for architectural engineering as a career goal. So this is a really interesting experience, just kind of exploring the engineering world."
According to Quaglio, "I want to go into trade school (construction) and become a carpenter and work on houses and projects all around Sherwood or anywhere, really. I love the hands-on part of it. It's the part that I love doing most. It just makes me happy."
Leslie McCabe, Oregon Principal Broker with McCabe Real Estate Group and eXp Realty LLC, in Sherwood, was on hand to welcome the public at the home.
"Bowmen House community events always have a great turnout," McCabe said. "People are very curious. Many of them watched the home being built from start to finish, whether it was near where they lived, on their way to work, or taking their kids to school. It was excellent; it was a really good day."
McCabe said she was impressed with the energy displayed by the Sherwood High students. "They are actually in there (the Bowmen House) having to measure, take down notes and figure out how does this fit," McCabe said. "Maybe they want to go into carpentry, or architecture, or interior design. The hands-on experience is priceless."
She is looking forward to the next event.
"I think it's just a really great program in our community," McCabe said. "It's really embraced by Sherwood and I think it just continues to grow."
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