Even though today’s educational environment has graduated from chalk-covered hands to smartboards, students from Staples-Motley Connections High School recently had the opportunity to step past the virtual and enter the actual as they learned about the commercial design and construction process.
Architects and engineers from Widseth Smith Nolting and staff from Hy-Tec Construction guided 20 students and faculty through the new TimberLake Hotel currently under construction in Staples. The Ives family, owners of the hotel, graciously opened their doors to provide the students a firsthand glance at the inner-workings of a construction project. Outfitted in safety gear and surrounded by bare stud walls, the temporary classroom was the perfect setting for the budding engineers, architects, and carpenters to fire off questions to their tour guides about everything from design elements, to building systems, to construction methods.
After the safety vests and hard hats were collected the students walked away from the experience with some new knowledge, a few laughs, and three thumbs up.
TimberLake Hotel is anticipated to open in June 2017.