Murray High class gets hands-on building house
"I’m glad I’ve had this experience," she said. "If I wanted to go to an art institute, telling them I have finished a house would look good on my résumé."
Another senior, Serena Fuhriman, worked alongside Jew in furnishing the house. The most difficult thing, she said, was dealing with setbacks.
"We would pick something out first that would be the most expensive things, and months later we found out we couldn’t get it," she said. "We picked out things to match the colors, so it was difficult because months later we had to choose something from memory."
Fuhriman said she feels equipped for the future if she has to purchase items for her house.
At a glance
Murray High students built a house at 734 W. Tripp Lane in Murray.
House has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a three-car garage.
It is five-star energy rated.
The house is in a series completed through the years by Murray High students taking a construction management class.
"It’s simple life skills, the process of buying things as well, not just choosing what you want, but knowing the pricing for it," she said.
The class is a rigorous course for the students, as they have to leave campus and travel to the construction site pretty much every school day, but the commitment yields great results when they get to welcome people in to see the house.
"Don’t underestimate teenagers and how much thought we put into it, how much effort and how much we can share," Jew said.
According to Drury, the two-year process allows the students to meticulously construct and fashion a high-quality house.
"We have a longer timeline to get it done," he said. "In the industry, they build them in three months, and sometimes things get lost."
For taking the class, the students can qualify for tuition scholarships to Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University and Brigham Young University. Drury said he’s thankful to the Murray City School District for supporting the project and to the community for donating supplies.