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WRHS Residential Construction Academy to Host Open House

Wood River High School’s Residential Construction Academy will host an open house for its newly constructed residence in Hailey on Monday, May 23.

Students enrolled in RCA have been working on the home over the past four years. The academy enables students to learn and master a wide variety of construction methods and techniques, from rough framing to cabinetmaking and intricate woodworking. 

The COVID-19 pandemic caused some delays on the project, leading to a longer construction timeline than originally expected. In all, more than 60 WRHS students worked on the home at some point during the last four years. 

The project started with a design created by WRHS Design and Technology teacher Kevin Lupton and his architecture students, who presented their plans to the City of Hailey for permits. Once the permits were approved, RCA students got to work on building the home, which is the third to be completed in the program’s history.

In addition to the WRHS program, students at Carey High School also have the opportunity to take part in RCA. That school’s program has completed six homes over the years, starting in 2000.

The opportunity is made available to students thanks to a partnership of the Blaine County School District, the Building Contractors Association, Sue Woodyard, construction trade professionals, community members and the Blaine County Education Foundation. Together, these partners advise and work side-by-side with students, and also raise funds to ensure students have the opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge. 

The open house will take place at 2761 Winterhaven Drive in Hailey, from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 23. The event is open to the public.