JVS Students Make Something Old, New Again

Thanks to the work of junior students in the Lorain County JVS Carpentry program, and senior students in the Heating and Air Conditioning program, the Oberlin Police Department now have a much needed storage building.

“This building used to be a dog shelter and it was in really bad shape,” shared Oberlin Police Chief Ryan Warfield. “This was my first outside big project, and these students made it possible.”

Kaylee Wells, carpentry junior from Firelands, said it was difficult to put into words what the building looked like when they first arrived. ““It was a dog kennel. It hadn’t been cleaned and needed to be completely cleared out, so you can imagine what kind of shape the place was in.”

Wells explained that the siding was originally white with a lot of rust and was in really bad shape. “We tore that off, put framing up, framed some new doors and added the new green siding.”

The students put in a new door on the side and back of the building and also patched all the individual openings, or access points, that were there previously because it was a dog kennel.

This project had many components to it that included electrical, heating and cooling, and plumbing. Joshua Abood, Heating and Air Conditioning senior from Midview, shared all the work him and his classmates did on the project.

“We fixed the plumbing for the underground heating, worked on the heated floors, fixed up the hot water tank and connected gas to that,” said Abood. “When we first arrived it was really dirty and there were a lot of walls that needed to come down. We also fixed the plumbing situation because there were a lot of cracks and leaks.”

Doing work out in the community was something the students really enjoyed. “It was awesome. I really enjoyed this job, and putting the new siding on and making it look really good was my favorite part,” Wells shared with a smile.

“Without the JVS helping us, I don’t know if this project would have been possible,” Chief Warfield said. “It was awesome to see the students do their thing.”

The project started in mid-October and with the students’ schedules, weather and school breaks, the first phase is now finished. The students spent approximately fifteen full school days at the location to complete this portion. The next phase will be to complete the inside.