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Factory Built Housing Center to Hold Workshop for Secondary Educators

The Factory Built Housing Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology is conducting a workshop Thursday and Friday in alliance with the Association of Construction Educators of Pennsylvania, addressing modular construction technology and its use in secondary education vocational curriculums.

Frederick G. “Rick” Terry, director of the FBHC, and Bill Weaver, president-elect of ACEP, met at a recent conference and organized the event in response to increasing demand by Pennsylvania modular manufacturers for skilled and semi-skilled laborers.

Presentation topics include “Basic House Design and Considerations,” the “Plan Approval Process,” “Setting Up a Building Station,” “Pennsylvania State Guidelines for Educational Institution Modular Programs,” and “Site and Foundation Preparation.”

Presenters will be from industry, education and government organizations who are experts in their fields. The two-day event also will feature a plant tour of Avis America and a special presentation by several students from Central Mountain High School and their adviser. (The groupcompleted a modular-home project last fall and transported the house to Pass Christian, Miss., for someone who lost a home in Hurricane Katrina.)

Pennsylvania, with 37 manufacturing facilities, is home to the second-largest number of modular manufacturers in the country, employs more than 20,000 people and contributes nearly $2 billion to the state’s economy annually. Modular construction accounts for more than 20 percent of new building starts in the Northeast Region of the United States.

The FBHC was developed to address the training, education and research needs of the industry, and has trained more than 1,200 industry personnel through its Modular Housing Training Institute since 1999. For additional information regarding the FBHC, please contact Terry at (570) 327-4768 or by e-mail .

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