Forest Grove High students build 'Viking House'

Forest Grove High students build 'Viking House'

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by Joe Smith

kgw.com

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 8:21 PM

FOREST GROVE, Ore. - The "Street of Affordable Homes" is open in Forest Grove. But, for the first time in a major home show, one home is not like the others in many ways.

It's called the "Viking House" not because it has a Nordic theme, but because it's built by students from Forest Grove High. They are the Vikings.

The students were invited to build a home for this year's show. It took a full school year to complete this 2,230 square foot single story, three bedroom traditional style home.

Everything wood in this home was done by the students. The sub-floor decking, framing, the cedar siding, the hardwood floor installation and cabinets.

If it's anything to do with wood, they did it, while all under close supervision. Students in the construction program class at Forest Grove high had to apply. Out of 40 students, 16 made the the team.

Many of the students want to make the construction trades their profession after graduation. This is the 38th project for the construction program started at the high school in 1975.

"They originally started because they wanted to challenge their more advanced students with real world projects, with real world pressures, real world expectations. Deadlines," said Chris Higginbotham, Construction Teacher at Forest Grove High.

Forest Grove is the last high school in the state to offer this kind of hands on construction training.

The listing price for Viking House is $349,000. It's one of six homes in this year's "Street of Affordable Homes." The show runs through July 29th.

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