News Archives: Carpentry Students Tour GPRH Construction Site
Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Learning Opportunity Already at New Hospital
A group of third-year Carpentry Apprentices from GPRC Fairview were given a lecture tour of the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital today. Five students and two instructors, hosted by Graham Construction, had the opportunity to see first-hand the commercial construction processes which are a major focus of the 3rd year curriculum.
“This was an excellent opportunity for our students,” says Dave Long, Carpentry instructor, who requested the tour opportunity from Graham. “We were given a thorough tour, and we instructors took several opportunities to lecture on specific processes. This scale of project is rare in our region, and we are very grateful to Graham for having made this tour possible.”
Students had prepared several questions arising from their curriculum, and were able to get answers about everything from grid lines to safety systems and quality control. Operations of special interest included integrated steel reinforcement, concrete forming, fly forming, column forming and the tour allowed the students to see important components of a large-scale commercial construction project.
The GPRH is being built on College land adjacent to the Grande Prairie campus, and includes over 4,000 sq. m. of education space for health-related programming. “Education has always been a key component of the project,” says Susan Bansgrove, GPRC Vice President Academics and Research. “The fact that it is an education even before it is built is just a bonus!”