FFA builds baseball building

BESSEMER, Pa. — The Mohawk Vo-Ag program completed a large project this spring.

The building construction classes and electricity classes worked to design and build a multipurpose building for the baseball team.

The classes designed a floor plan and 3-D design on the department’s computers. The group broke ground in May 2007.

The footer was laid by the students and dug by Marty Gwin of the transportation and grounds department.

The students laid the first four coarse of block and poured the concrete floor themselves. They then called on volunteers from Brenner Masonry to lay the first floor walls.

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Second story

The second story wood frame was again the work of the students. They framed the walls, covered them with oriented strand board and cut their own rafters for the roof.

The students also nailed the decking and helped place the slater’s felt and shingles. The students helped with some of the siding but let the transportation and grounds workers complete the high work on scaffold.

The transportation and grounds workers installed the doors painted the block and set a scoreboard on I-beams during the summer. Also during the summer, one of Mohawk’s art students painted graphics on the buildings.

Electrical

The fall of 2007 brought the installation of drains for the building and field and electrical conduit for the scoreboard.

After local electricians pulled the wire through the underground conduit, the Ag classes continued on the building.

The classes laid out the electrical system for the building and installed all the wire, surface conduit, and electrical fixtures.

The new scoreboard was able to operate during the first home game of the season, and the baseball boosters now have an area for concession sales.

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