2015-09-09 / News from our Schools

New KVCC timber frame carpentry program

FAIRFIELD — Fall 2015 semester marks the launch of a new Sustainable Building and Design (Timber Frame Carpentry) program at Kennebec Valley Community College. This unique program provides students with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed to gain entry-level employment in timber framing and/or other types of building construction.

The green construction industry has experienced significant growth in the past decade and is valued at well over $260 billion globally. By next year, more than half of commercial and institutional construction will be green certified. As a result, the demand for workers familiar with sustainable building practices is on the rise. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, green building supports eight million workers in a range of occupations including carpenters, construction managers, electricians, architects, and many others.

KVCC’s two-year Sustainable Building and Design (Timber Frame Carpentry) program takes students from start to finish in the design/build process with instruction about computer aided design (CAD), the range of needs for the building envelope, and hands-on training in the skill of joinery, the heart of timber frame construction. Students also learn about wood science, architectural history and restoration, shop safety, planning and project management, blueprint reading, and all aspects of green building construction. A field house on the KVCC Alfond campus in Hinckley is being converted into an indoor facility for the program, where students can construct actual size timber frames in any season.

To learn more about the new Sustainable Building and Design (Timber Frame Carpentry) program at KVCC, visit http://www.kvcc.me.edu/pages/sustainable-designbuild/ sustainable-design-build-home.

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