Gazebo Project Ends with Cupola Lift

Randall Hancock, FSDB Building and Construction Technologies teacher, gives directions to students.

On May 3, 2018, the gazebo construction project undertaken by the FSDB Building a Tradesman (BAT) program reached completion. In a historic ceremony well-attended by students and staff members, a crane from the campus Facilities Department lifted the cupola aloft and crowned the pavilion with it.

The long-anticipated gazebo project was delayed twice by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, two years in a row. It was with visible pride and relief that project coordinator and FSDB Deaf High School Building and Construction Technologies Teacher Randall Hancock delivered closing remarks. True to form, Hancock spoke mostly of his students, praising their teamwork and diligence in their work efforts and wearing the required safety equipment. Fourteen young tradesmen were involved in this ongoing project. Kudos to Hancock and his trusty crew for beautifying the FSDB campus even further!

What the Students Say

Deaf High School students shared with Hancock their perceptions of the event.

“I don’t have all these tools back home, this experience gave me the chance to use power tools, overcoming fear to operate them, and I feel confident now.” - Levi Starling

"I really enjoyed the construction and learned about safety.” – Kyle Chambers

“It was a beautiful thing.”– Garrett Hunt

“When the cupola was raised by the forklift, it gave me goosebumps. It marked the highlight of our hard work.” – Nigel Chavarria Flores
“I found this experience to be remarkable, and the perch of the cupola to the top of the roof of the gazebo marked a cumulative effort, we have accomplished a lot!” – Michael Moore

“The building was very interesting, I learned construction from this hands-on training.” – Nick Fuller

“It began with errors but we were able to overcome them and achieve the cupola atop. We are happy with it.” – Darren Meehan

“I enjoyed the whole experience, sometimes it was tough, like figuring out the angle measurements, but as time went on with the training and OSHA lectures, it became easier.” – Brandon Rounds

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