CEP Building Systems Students Lend Support to Cape-to-Cape Trail

CCRCE News: 
Friday, October 2, 2015

After months of planning and preparation, the Community Build Project has finally begun to take shape along the Cape-to-Cape Trail in Pictou County.

Students and staff from North Nova Education Centre, Amherst Regional High School, Springhill Junior/Senior High, and Cobequid Educational Centre came together along the Cape to Cape Trail, in Six-Mile Brook, Pictou County on Tuesday, September 29th to construct a 'Bothy' -- an all weather bunkhouse that will be available to hikers along the trail free of charge.

The students from each school involved in the project completed spefici components for the build: NNEC the post and sills, ARHS the rafters, SHS and CEC the braces and porch rafters. During the weekend of September 26th, all the parts for the build were portered into the wood, ready for the 18 CCRSB students to arrive and construct the Bothy. 

The project has allowed students to apply both modern and rustic timber-framing methods to the construction project. All manner of tools have been put to use during construction from hand saws and hammers, to circular saw and chisels. 

"I really enjoyed the project," said Damien a student from NNEC. "It was a great experience to work on site, and was fun to work with some students from other schools."

The main structure of the building was completed over the two-day work experience, but the rafters, roof, walls, and insulation are still to come. "Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress", noted NNEC teacher Andrew Parsons who led the on-site work. "We're looking forward to hopefully having these schools join us again for a few days in October to complete the build."