ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School’s Structural Design and Fabrication (SDF) class has partnered with Morris Habitat for Humanity to help build a house in Landing.

The house will be built in two modules that will be transported to the site at the corner of Mansel Drive and Edith Road. There, they will be secured to the foundation and each other. 

Students in the SDF course will learn a variety of technical and construction skills as they follow the process of building a modular home through each step of the way from planning to final completion. 

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“Our students are excited to begin working and for the year ahead,” said SDF Teacher Frank Caccavale.

The project officially kicked off on Oct. 5, as part of the celebration of World Habitat Day.

Morris Habitat for Humanity Chief Executive Officer Blair Schleicher Wilson recently joined the SDF students for a virtual class meeting to share some information about Morris Habitat for Humanity, its project at 119 and 121 Main Street in Succasunna, and to talk about the Landing project.

“During SDF class, students will be exposed to many skill sets from reading architectural drawings to framing, to electrical and plumbing systems and more, said Caccavale. "This project and the lessons will be taught by a multitude of content matter experts including myself, Habitat for Humanity staff and volunteers, and Masters in Residence.”

Roxbury High School is no stranger to Morris Habitat for Humanity. Last year the SDF classes and members of the football team volunteered at one of the Succasunna homes. Students also designed and built a photo booth and other decoration pieces for Morris Habitat’s annual fundraising gala in February.

Roxbury High School thanked Wilson, Morris Habitat Director of Construction Doug Wright, the township and architect Jon Babula for their support and guidance throughout the planning and implementation of the project.

The SDF program began in September 2019 as part of Roxbury Re-imagine, where the district took 2,500 square feet of space and dedicated it back as a learning environment at Roxbury High School. This area once housed the school’s auto shop and later was used for district storage.

Roxbury High School’s Structural Design and Fabrication course lays a strong foundation for college and career success by teaching students fundamentals in the field. Students learn how to work safely in the shop and construction environments and develop skills that will give them a true competitive advantage in their careers.

Students will have the opportunity to work both individually and in teams to design and build projects. Upon completion of the pathway, students can enter the Carpenters Apprenticeship Training program through the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

Through coursework and career guidance, students earn a competitive advantage in the job market. Whether students choose to go into a career related to the skilled trades, engineering, construction, or architecture, or just use these skills when they become homeowners, the experiences and lessons learned in SDF will stick with students for life.