06191/06192 Practical Architectural Construction (PAC)
PAC Application – 2016-17 – Application Deadline 2/1/2016
Mr. Marc Sears – firstname.lastname@example.org – 847-815-1797
Grades 11-12; 2.0 credit
This course provides actual on-site work experience in areas related to building trades and construction. Students have the opportunity to work with the tools of carpentry and related trades while building a single-family residence on a chosen job site in the district. This course is part of the District 214 dual credit program. Upon successful completion of the first year of the course, and the submission of a Harper College application students will receive Harper College MNT 115 credit. Upon successful completion of the second year of the course, and the submission of a Harper College application, students will receive Harper College MNT 215 credit.
The PAC program began in the 1971 as a 6-week summer school program. A classroom/lab based course was held at Forest View High School. Students learned construction concepts and applications through lab based prefabrication projects. During the first two years of the program, students prefabricated house sections for homes which were built during the 6-week summer program. Twelve students spent the summer constructing these homes in the Abbey Springs development on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.
During the next ten years the PAC program operated in the same format in the development of the Sunrise Lake Camp in Bartlett. 12 to 15 students participated in yearly summer programs during this time, as they built many of the buildings, including the main lodge at this site. The Sunrise Lake Camp has been used by many of our programs in High School District 214.
In 1985, the PAC program emerged as a home construction program in which students built one single family home every two years. 25 to 30 students were enrolled for two semesters to build one average size home (1800 sq. ft). During the 1992-93 school year the PAC program increased student enrollments and began building one home each school year. The current program accommodates 40-50 high school junior and senior students who build one larger home (2,000-3,000 sq. ft) each school year. The students, working under the constant supervision of our program instructors, are involved with building the home from foundation to finished product. During this process, the students gain experience in all phases of the related construction trades. Local subcontractors are solicited for installation of the concrete, heating, plumbing, electric, and other trades in each home.
The PAC program has been in existence for 30 years. During the past 15 years the students have constructed several District Projects (storage buildings, stadium press boxes, etc.) and 23 single family homes located throughout our District 214 attendance area, to include, Mt. Prospect, Prospect Heights, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Rolling Meadows, and Arlington Heights.
The following homes have been constructed during the past 30 years:
1985-1987 Central Rd. (Rt. 12 & Rand), Mt. Prospect
1987-1990 District 214 building projects
1990-1992 Checker Rd., Buffalo Grove
1992-1996 4 Homes on Reef Court, Wheeling
1996-1997 Woodview Dr., Wheeling
1997-1998 1113 Elmhurst Rd., Wheeling
1998-1999 1115 Elmhurst Rd., Wheeling
1999-2000 1117 Elmhurst Rd., Wheeling
2000-2001 641 N. Wilke Rd, Arlington Heights
2001-2002 709 N. Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights
2002-2003 615 W. Vine St., Arlington Heights
2003-2004 411 S. Wilke Road, Arlington Heights
2004-2005 957 Old Arlington Ct., Buffalo Grove
2005-2006 2206 Wing Street, Rolling Meadows
2006-2007 261 9th Street, Wheeling
2007-2008 203 W. Euclid, Mt. Prospect
2008-2009 511 Russell Road, Wheeling
2009-2010 517 Russell Road, Wheeling
2010-2011 917 Edward Street, Wheeling
2011-2012 2702 Sigwalt Street, Rolling Meadows
2012-2014 809 Camp McDonald, Prospect Heights; PHS Softball Storage Building/Pressbox; WHS Softball Storage Building/Pressbox; RMHS concessions and ticket booths
Current and future projects
2014-present 399 Council Trail, Arlington Heights
Starting in 2016 397 Council Trail, Arlington Heights