Practical Architectural Construction (PAC) History

  • The PAC program began in 1971 as a six-week summer school program. 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 that were then built during the six-week summer program. Twelve students spent the summer constructing these homes in the Abbey Springs development on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.

    During the next 10 years, the PAC program operated in the same format in the development of the Sunrise Lake Camp in Bartlett. As many as 15 students participated in yearly summer programs during this time, constructing many of the buildings, including the main lodge.The Sunrise Lake Camp has been used by many of the programs in District 214. 

    In 1985, the PAC program emerged as a home construction program in which students built one single family home every two years. As many as 30 students were enrolled for two semesters to build an average-sized home. During the 1992-93 school year, the program increased in enrollment and students began building one home each school year. The current program accommodates up to 50 juniors and seniors who build one larger home (2,000-3,000 square feet) each school year. The students, working under the supervision of our program instructors, are involved with building the home from foundation to finished product. During this process, they gain experience in all phases of the construction trades. Local subcontractors are solicited for installation of the concrete, heating, plumbing, electricity and other trades in each home.
    The following homes have been constructed by the PAC program:

    1985-1987: Central Road (and Rand Road), Mount Prospect
    1987-1990: District 214 building projects
    1990-1992: Checker Road, Buffalo Grove
    1992-1996: Four homes on Reef Court, Wheeling
    1996-1997: Woodview Drive, Wheeling
    1997-1998: 1113 Elmhurst Road, Wheeling
    1998-1999: 1115 Elmhurst Road, Wheeling
    1999-2000: 1117 Elmhurst Road, Wheeling
    2000-2001: 641 North Wilke Road, Arlington Heights
    2001-2002: 709 North Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights
    2002-2003: 615 West Vine Street, Arlington Heights
    2003-2004: 411 South Wilke Road, Arlington Heights
    2004-2005: 957 Old Arlington Court, Buffalo Grove
    2005-2006: 2206 Wing Street, Rolling Meadows
    2006-2007: 261 9th Street, Wheeling
    2007-2008: 203 West Euclid Avenue, Mount 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 Road, Prospect Heights
    2014-2016: 399 Council Trail, Arlington Heights
    2016-2017: 397 Council Trail, Arlington Heights
    2017-2019: 602 South Dryden Place, Arlington Heights
    2019-2020: 37 South Wildwood Drive, Prospect Heights
    2021-2022: 3500 Bluebird Lane, Rolling Meadows (renovation/addition)

    Current and future projects:

    2022-2023: 2804 Fremont Street, Rolling Meadows (renovation/addition)