Build A Shed Introduces Students to Career Opportunities

46 Students
36 Contractors
14 Roofers
14 Volunteers
7 Hours
7 Sheds
A lifetime of memories

That’s what it takes to Build A Shed.  Not to mention untold amounts of screws, nails and enthusiasm.

On Friday, April 27, seven teams of students from seven local schools teamed up with construction industry professionals to compete to build an 8′ x 11′ shed in seven hours. The teams all used the same blueprint and were mentored by their contractor partners in safety, quality, planning, scheduling and communication.  Each student also ended the day with OSHA 10 certification.

Teams were:

Why Build A Shed?

The construction field has many entry points and is a high-demand field in our region. The Chamber partnered with ABC Carolinas for Build A Shed to introduce students to not just a job, but a potential career.

Judging Criteria

As the judges looked at each shed, they evaluated if the floor framing and decking and the wall framing were completed properly. They also checked to ensure the siding, doors and windows were installed correctly. And on top of all that, judging included safety, cleanliness and proper tool use.

The judges were:

  • Darbis Briggman, SC State Inspectors
  • Bryan Derreberry, President and CEO, Charleston Metro Chamber
  • Frank Frazier, Construction Supervisor, Charleston Habitat for Humanity
  • Daniel Green, Building Inspector, City of North Charleston
  • Joe Juan, Building Inspector, Town of Mount Pleasant
  • Mark Lattanzio, President and CEO of the Charleston Region, SunTrust Bank
  • LTC Palazzini, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Thurman Pellum, Building Official, Safebuilt
  • Becky Quattlebaum, Building Inspector, Dorchestor County
  • Steven Watterson, Education Associate, S.C. Office of Career and Technology Education
  • Chris Whittaker, Inspector, Town of Summerville

The Winners

All of the teams did a tremendous job working together to build a shed in just seven hours. After the judging was finished, three teams were awarded first, second and third prize.

Third Place: Wando High School
Third Place: Wando High School
Second Place: R. B. Stall High School
First Place: Fort Dorchester High School

We couldn’t have had Build A Shed without the help of our sponsors.  In addition to the team sponsors, we have to thank:

Special thanks also goes out to:

  • Carolina Waste
  • C.R. Hipp Construction Inc.
  • Exchange Park
  • Harold Prince Towing and Shed Movers
  • HercRentals
  • Goose Creek Lion’s Club
  • Williams Scotsman

The sheds were auctioned off and the proceeds from the auctions will be used to support future talent initiatives, like this one.  Congratulations to all of our teams! We couldn’t be prouder of the students and businesses that came together to make Build A Shed possible.

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