Wood River High School Residential Construction Academy Open House

The Wood River High School Residential Construction Academy is excited to show off their skills at their Open House for the newly constructed home located at 2761 Winterhaven Drive and the corner of Woodside Boulevard in Hailey on Monday, May 23rd from 5 -7. 

The Residential Construction Academy offers students the unique opportunity to obtain a formal education in a career field in which skilled workers are in high demand. In this real world jobsite, students learn and practice the latest construction methods and techniques from rough framing through cabinetmaking and intricate woodworking. The house on Woodside has taken 4 years to complete with over 60 sets of skilled student hands and two instructors leading the way. “COVID was a major delay in completing the construction of this house” explained WRHS Residential Construction Academy instructor, Ian Blacker. “The house was originally designed by Kevin Lupton, WRHS Design and Technology teacher and his architecture students, who not only designed and presented plans to The City of Hailey for permits four years ago.” 

This is the 3rd house to be completed by the WRHS Residential Construction Academy. The Carey Residential Construction Academy has completed 6 houses under the instruction of Greg Carlson. In 2000, the Carey Construction Academy built the first house in the Carey School parking lot and then transferred the home to a permanent lot in Carey. Four years later the program was expanded to WRHS.  Sue Woodyard, Building Contractors Association, construction trade professionals, community members, Blaine County School District and Blaine County Education Foundation (BCEF) all work collaboratively to help provide opportunities to advise, work side-by-side with students, and raise funds to ensure the students have the opportunity to gain valuable skills to help students advance into the residential construction industry. If you are interested in making a donation to this program reach out to Kristy Heitzman, at kristy@supportbcef.org.