Her­itage retro­fit car­pen­try grad­u­ates work on Prov­ince House project

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Six grad­u­ates from Hol­land Col­lege’s Her­itage Retro­fit Car­pen­try pro­gram will work on one of Canada’s most his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant build­ings this sum­mer, pre­par­ing Prov­ince House Na­tional His­toric Site for ma­jor con­ser­va­tion work.

Quinan Con­struc­tion Ltd. of Oril­lia, Ont., was awarded the $8.7mil­lion con­tract for this stage of the project.

Dur­ing the sum­mer, the crew will be sta­bi­liz­ing the build­ing to en­sure its struc­tural in­tegrity dur­ing later ex­ca­va­tions.

The Hol­land Col­lege grad­u­ates will have the op­por­tu­nity to work on many dif­fer­ent as­pects of the sta­bi­liza­tion, gain­ing in­cred­i­ble hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence un­der the guid­ance of ex­perts from Quinan Con­struc­tion.

“It is quite an hon­our to be a trades­per­son work­ing on Prov­ince House, where the Fa­thers of Con­fed­er­a­tion first met to dis­cuss form­ing Canada,” said David Red­mond, a re­cent grad­u­ate from the pro­gram and now a her­itage car­pen­ter on the project.

St­ef­fen MacEwen agreed, not­ing the project is an ideal op­por­tu­nity to put the skills they learned dur­ing the pro­gram into use.

“We have been in school to learn how to care for our built her­itage, and we learned a lot,” he said.

“Her­itage build­ings like Prov­ince House will be here for cen­turies to come. I am hon­oured to have the skills to be able to work on such a build­ing.”

Her­itage retro­fit car­pen­try stu­dents learn car­pen­try tech­niques and the­ory to al­low them to work on cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant projects.

For one school year, the stu­dents re­pair and re­pro­duce all car­pen­try el­e­ments of his­toric build­ings, in­clud­ing trim, doors, win­dows and stairs. The stu­dents are well versed on how to work within the stan­dards and guide­lines that serve as the guid­ing prin­ci­ples of her­itage con­ser­va­tors.

“Un­der­stand­ing these com­plex tech­niques and the­o­ries make grad­u­ates of the pro­gram ideal for such highly skilled work,” said pro­gram in­struc­tor Josh Sil­ver.

“Our stu­dents de­velop skills sets well be­yond the nor­mal bound­aries of car­pen­try. By the time they grad­u­ate, they are skilled crafts­peo­ple ready to work on just about any her­itage car­pen­try project. In the past, we have seen grad­u­ates work­ing on a va­ri­ety of his­toric build­ings, in­clud­ing the houses of par­lia­ment. We are de­lighted that our grad­u­ates are work­ing on Prov­ince House.”


Hol­land Col­lege her­itage retro­fit car­pen­try grad­u­ates, from left, Jenna MacNeill, St­ef­fen MacEwen, Zack­ery Bernard and Noah Savary ex­am­ine blue­prints for Prov­ince House.

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