News » Shane Homes and Ernest Manning High School’s Partners in Learning – Building Together

Shane Homes and Ernest Manning High School’s Partners in Learning – Building Together program grew this past year with the addition of two new partners – Sir William Van Horne High School and Excel Homes. The Partners in Learning – Building Together program is a ten year strong partnership between Shane Homes and Ernest Manning High School with a mandate to expose students to more of the construction industry through both classroom and hands-on experience.

Shane Wenzel, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Shane Homes says “Our children are the future. We’re trying to do what we can to educate tomorrow’s citizens today on opportunities in the building industry. It’s the Calgary Board of Education’s commitment and we’d like to make sure we do what we can to achieve this goal as well.”

The latest collaboration between Shane Homes and Ernest Manning involves the design and construction of a freestanding playhouse. Students in Ernest Manning’s Drafting & Design 20 class (grade 11 class in Spring 2007) competed to create the most build-able design based on predetermined specifications. Judges ranked the entries and the playhouse dubbed the “Enchanted Evergreen Cabin” was the winner.

Due to space constraints at Ernest Manning High School, students in Sir William Van Horne High School’s Construction/Woodworking Class (grade 10 class in Fall 2007) built the playhouse in their shop, with the guidance of their builder partner, Excel Homes. The construction students gained practical experience in many of the facets of building a new home including framing, siding, finishing, and painting. Shane Homes and Excel Homes donated all of the materials and supplies needed to build the playhouse.

The students designed and built a playhouse that is perfect for any family’s backyard. A miniature cabin at 11’4” long by 8’10” wide by 9’10” tall, it is built to withstand the elements with materials used on regular homes. The whole family will enjoy the playhouse. Kids will enjoy having their own space and parents will enjoy the peace and quiet in the main house while their kids and their friends are in the playhouse. The playhouse also has a climbing wall to the loft area and convenient table which can be mounted on the wall when not in use. Light and power are also available in the playhouse by plugging in an extension cord from the outside. Shutters can be opened to allow air flow throughout or they can be closed for inclement weather.

Response has been so positive from both schools on the project, that work is currently underway on a sequel.

This playhouse will be auctioned off over a two week period on CJAY’s website at on the Forbes and Friends Morning Show page. Guests will be able to bid on the playhouse starting Monday, March 31 with the highest bid at 9 am on Friday, April 11 winning the playhouse. The money raised from the auction will go to CJAY 92 Kid’s Fund which was created in 2000 with a goal to assist less fortunate families and their children in and around the Calgary area.