Building industry training partners and
sponsors provide unique opportunities for students in the
Academy of Construction and Design. We have more exciting
projects ahead! Follow our progress here and on acadnewsdc.org.
2017-2018 School Year
Students are taking lessons in carpentry,
construction math, and tool/equipment safety from the classroom
to the construction site on the Minim House and other unique
building projects this year.
Academy students kicked off the season with
a Youth Farmers Market Community Festival highlighting IDEA’s
green school community. Summer CTE classes continued construction
on the Academy’s second tiny house, based on the award-winning
Minim House design.
2016-2017 School Year
Academy students learned about sustainable
building as they created infrastructure for the school garden
and worked with professional builders on micro construction
2015-2016 School Year
Academy students framed and built a 160
square-foot micro house in partnership with MicroShowcase
in Washington, DC. Academy students learned about trends in
eco-friendly, sustainable building while exploring a potential
solution to address affordable housing needs in the local
Build a House - Build a Future
inside our first completed tiny house!
Did you know? Check out these facts
about tiny houses:
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2014 School Year
Academy seniors joined CEO Craig Ruppert
and a team of more than 50 volunteers from Maryland-based
Ruppert Landscape on a building project in Jamaica sponsored
by Food For The Poor. Along with the other volunteers, students
helped build a school in one of the poorest areas of St. Elizabeth
Parish. They also presented a donation of school supplies
from the Academy of Construction and Design for the 45 young
children who attend the school.
2013 School Year
Academy students took pride in their contribution
to the new Cardozo Education Campus which opened for school
year 2013-14. Carpentry and Electrical students participated
in hands-on training under the guidance of GCS, Inc., Heller
Electric Company and other partners on this extensive D.C.
Public Schools renovation and modernization project.
2012 School Year
From groundbreaking in October 2010, through
completed construction in December 2012, Academy students
completed 260 industry-accredited training modules on the
homebuilding project. Among those classes, 30 Academy graduates
were hired for industry jobs or enrolled in colleges and universities
after graduating from Cardozo.
2010 School Year
Nearly 100 students, instructors and guests
participated in the October 26, 2010, groundbreaking ceremony
for the first student-built house in the Academy’s new
Build a House – Build a Future training program. The
project revitalized an abandoned property site in Northwest
Washington. Proceeds from the sale of the 2,000 square-foot,
single-family house, in early 2013, were reinvested to continue
this innovative training program. Student-Built
House Fact Sheet