Sustainable Construction

ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Program Description:

*New* The Sustainable Construction program now offers two different one year certificates designed for those who are eager to jump right in to entry level positions or as a direct pathway toward the Associate in Applied Science degree. Students may choose to earn either the certificate in Framing and Craftsmanship or the Carpentry and Building Science certificate.

“It’s been a great program for me so far. I didn’t think we would get into the shop as soon as we did. That was great.”
—Vincent Birtwell '19

The two-year Sustainable Construction program takes students from start to finish in the design/build process and combines conventional stick framing and the millennia-old craft of timber frame joinery with the latest in building systems technology. Valued skills in communication, applied math, and critical thinking are developed in tandem with practical introductions to trades like welding, plumbing, weatherization, and more. Students will take specialized courses during the second year in both finish carpentry and architectural restoration.

The coursework provides students with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed to pursue employment across many areas of the construction industry including carpentry, project management, design, building inspection, and renewable energy installation. The two-year program is designed to fast track graduates to leadership positions from construction supervisor to business owner.

This program is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration.  This is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action program, adaptive equipment will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Mission & Outcomes

PROGRAM MISSION
To prepare students to be lifelong learners and help them achieve various professional and personal goals that may arise over a lifetime. Upon graduation, students will be poised to enter the workforce as entry-level craftsmen, builders, and technicians or transfer to other college and university programs. Our graduates will develop as skilled professionals who value both tradition and innovation at the heart of sustainable building practices today, and who actively participate in reinvigorating Maine’s construction industry.

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of the Sustainable Construction program, a graduate is expected to:

  • Practice the skills of the profession in a conscientious, responsible, and accountable manner while recognizing the need to continue to expand their technical knowledge and skills.
  • Communicate effectively while listening and responding appropriately to a variety of building construction situations.
  • Think critically and use their acquired skills to solve problems encountered in a building construction environment.

Associate Degree

CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION

 

Year One

Semester I (Fall)

Code

Course

Hours

Total Hours

MAT 114 Technical Math

3

15

SDB 101* Tool Use, Maintenance, and Safety with OSHA 10 (MAT 114, SDB 102 or SDB 103)

3

SDB 108* CAD Drafting and Blueprint Reading (MAT 114, SDB 102 or SDB 103)

3

SDB 102* Timber Frame Craftsmanship I (MAT 114, SDB 101)

3

SDB 103* Stick Framing and Building Concepts I (MAT 114, SDB 101)

3

Semester II (Spring)

ENG 108 Technical Writing

3

15

SDB 105* 3D Modeling for Construction (SDB 102, SDB 103, SDB 106)

3

HIS 205 Architectural Style and Construction in New England

3

SDB 104* Timber Frame Craftsmanship II (SDB 102)

3

SDB 107* Stick Framing and Building Concepts II (SDB 103)

3

Year Two

Semester III (Fall)

SDB 203* Building Materials and Engineering (SDB 102, SDB 103)

3

16

SDB 207 * Finish Carpentry (SDB 107)

2

SDB 211* Restoration Carpentry (SDB 104)

2

COM 105 Interpersonal Communication

3

XXX YYY Social Science Elective

3

WSC 110 Wood Science

3

Semester IV (Spring)

SDB 204* Building Systems I (SDB 102, SDB 103)

5

14

SDB 205* Building Systems II (SDB 204)

5

SDB 209* Construction Supervisor and Business Basics

3

SDB 210* Green Building Codes, Standards and Certification Programs

1

TOTAL HOURS

60

(XXX YYY) indicates a pre or co-requisite

Criteria for Graduation
Students must complete 60 credits in the Sustainable Construction program and achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all core courses (*). Students must achieve a final GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Kennebec Valley Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and employer.

1-Year Certificate Programs

One Year Certificate in Framing and Craftsmanship Option

The certificate in Framing and Craftsmanship is designed to prepare students for entry level positions as a versatile carpenter in the residential stick framing and/or timber framing field. Fundamental skillsets are developed in tool use and safety along with introductions to drafting and modeling. An architectural history course will familiarize students with building types and materials typically encountered in New England.

Certificate

Semester I (Fall)

Code

Course

Hours

Total Hours

MAT 114 Technical Math

3

15

SDB 101* Tool Use, Maintenance, and Safety with OSHA 10 (MAT 114, SDB 102 or SDB 103)

3

SDB 108* CAD Drafting and Blueprint Reading (MAT 114, SDB 102 or SDB 103)

3

SDB 102* Timber Frame Craftsmanship I (MAT 114, SDB 101)

3

SDB 103* Stick Framing and Building Concepts I (MAT 114, SDB 101)

3

Semester II (Spring)

ENG 108 Technical Writing

3

15

SDB 105* 3D Modeling for Construction (SDB 102, SDB 103, SDB 108)

3

HIS 205 Architectural Style and Construction in New England

3

SDB 104* Timber Frame Craftsmanship II (SDB 102)

3

SDB 107* Stick Framing and Building Concepts II (SDB 103)

3

TOTAL HOURS

30

(XXX YYY) indicates a pre or co-requisite

Criteria for Graduation
Students must complete 30 credits in this Sustainable Construction certificate program and achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all core courses (*). Students must achieve a final GPA of 2.0 or higher.

 

One Year Certificate in Carpentry and Building Science Option

The Certificate in Carpentry and Building Science is designed to prepare students for positions of leadership in building construction with the choice to focus on stick building or timber framing in the second semester. Coursework will examine the various mechanical and renewable energy systems found in a building along with the latest materials and methods used in a high performance building envelope. Students also will receive training in project management and small business entrepreneurship.

Certificate

Semester I (Fall)

Code

Course

Hours

Total Hours

MAT 114 Technical Math

3

15

SDB 101* Tool Use, Maintenance, and Safety with OSHA 10 (MAT 114, SDB 102 or SDB 103)

3

SDB 108* CAD Drafting and Blueprint Reading (MAT 114, SDB 102 or SDB 103)

3

SDB 102* Timber Frame Craftsmanship I (MAT 114, SDB 101)

3

SDB 103* Stick Framing and Building Concepts I (MAT 114, SDB 101)

3

Semester II (Spring)

SDB 104* Timber Frame Craftsmanship II (SDB 102)

3

16

                                         OR
SDB 107* Stick Framing and Building Concepts II (SDB 103)

3

SDB 204* Building Systems I (SDB 102 and SDB 103)

5

SDB 205* Building Systems II (SDB 204)

5

SDB 209* Construction Supervisor and Business Basics

3

TOTAL HOURS

31

(XXX YYY) indicates a pre or co-requisite

Criteria for Graduation
Students must complete 31 credits in this Sustainable Construction certificate program and achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all core courses (*). Students must achieve a final GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Kennebec Valley Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and employer

Advisory Committee

Made up of area employers, industry leaders, and community members, the Sustainable Construction Program Advisory Committee’s primary purpose is to help the College ensure that the program is relevant to the community, addresses current industry standards, meets workforce needs, and has appropriate resources to support high quality student outcomes. To accomplish this purpose, the advisory committee focuses on the specific functions of program development, curriculum review, program evaluation, instructor guidance, student recruitment, retention, and placement.

 

Below you will find:

  • A list of current advisory committee members
  • Agendas from current and past meetings
  • Minutes from past meetings
  • Advisory Committee By-Laws

 

Sustainable Construction Program

 Advisory Committee

 

Bjarki Gunnarsson, Owner
The Wood Mill of Maine
1386 Mercer Road
Mercer, ME 04957
207.517.2145
contact@thewoodmillofmaine.com
Dean Dolham, President
Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity
P.O. Box 1972
Waterville, ME 04903
207.465.7764
dean.Dolham@sappi.com
Kim Lindlof, President and CEO
Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce
50 Elm Street
Waterville, ME 04901
207.873.3315
kimberly@midmainechamber.com
Andrew Soule, Instructor
Somerset Career and Technical Center
61 Academy Circle
Skowhegan, ME
207.474.2151 ext. 4510
asoule@msad54.org
Ashley Richards, Executive Officer
Homebuilders and Remodelers Association
P.O. Box 352
Brunswick, ME 04011
207.622.7792
ash@hbrame.org
Matt Miller, Project Manager, Structural Engineer
M2 Structural Engineering
23 Thornbury Way
Windham, ME
207.892.0983
matt@m2se.com
Hans Albee, Engineer and Solar Designer
Revision Energy
91 West Main Street
Liberty, ME 04949
207.589.4171
hans@revisionenergy.com
Nicole Rogers, Architect
SMRT Architects
144 Fore Street
Portland, ME
877.700.7678
nrogers@smrtinc.com
Ken Coville, President
Good Will-Hinckley
16 Prescott Drive
Hinckley, ME 04944
Office: 207-238-4001
Cell: 207-314-2601
kcoville@gwh.org
Mark Champagne, Instructor
Mid-Maine Technical Center
3 Brooklyn Avenue
Waterville, ME 04901
207.649.0437
champagne@mmtc.me
Christi Mitchell, Associate Director
Maine Historic Preservation Commission
55 Capitol Street
Augusta, ME 04333
207.287-3811
christi.mitchell@maine.gov
Katherine Carlson, Owner
Maine Mountain Timber Frames
1106 Rangeley Road
Avon, ME
207.491-7203
mainemountainframes@gmail.com
Ellen Gibson, Director
Vaughan Woods and Historic Homestead
2 Litchfield Road
Hallowell, ME 04347
207.622.9831
ellengibson@vaughanhomestead.org
Tom Twist, Sustainability Manager
Bates College
147 Russell Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
207.786-8367
ttwist@bates.edu
Amy HinkleyLecturer in Architecture
Interim Program Co-Coordinator
University of Maine at Augusta
Handley Hall, 331 Water Street
Augusta, Maine 04330
207.621-3095
Amy.hinkley.architect@gmail.com
Beth Fisher
Chair, Maine STEM Council
President-Elect,
Maine Administrators of Career & Technical Education
Director, Mid-Coast School of Technology
1 Main St. Rockland, ME 04841
207.594.2161
bfisher@mcst8.org
Dan Kolbert, Owner
Kolbert Building
90 Gray Street
Portland, ME 04102
207.799.8799
Dan@KolbertBuilding.com

Advisory Committee By-Laws

Sustainability Statement

A cornerstone of this curriculum is our emphasis on sustainability and the need to raise design/build standards throughout Maine and New England. Definitions of “sustainability” or “green,” however, are often broad and varied as they relate to building design and construction.

Our faculty do not prescribe any singular definition of “sustainability” or “green building,” nor do we push the highest possible standards of building performance. Our program simply reinforces the importance of considering a structure’s lifespan through smart design, structural integrity, and historic preservation or re-use.

Multiple standards and models exist in the building world in order to ensure occupant health and safety as well as the affordability and environmental impact of the structure itself. The most basic system is the building code, not universally enforced and with only two grades – it either passes or it doesn’t. Other rating systems and certifications are voluntary, and while they remind us of important design/build considerations, they are often too rigorous, complicated, and expensive for the general public to adopt.

Our students are challenged to think about how buildings in New England can be constructed at a higher but achievable level of quality and energy efficiency.

The value of sourcing materials locally, designing a tight, energy efficient building envelope, and generating renewable energy are all practically examined throughout the program. All of this is put into the context of the American building and carpentry tradition through the Architectural Style and Construction in New England course.

Career Opportunities & Information

What Sustainable Construction professionals do:

  • Conventional construction, timber framing, or green building
  • Finish carpentry and historic restoration carpentry
  • Design and drafting in architecture or engineering firms
  • Installation of renewable energy and weatherization

Students will learn about:

  • Power/hand tool use and shop safety
  • Building trades, systems, and the thermal envelope
  • Architectural history and restoration
  • Small business planning and project management
  • Builder’s engineering, material technology, and green code
  • Blueprint reading, drafting, and 3D modeling

Sustainable Construction graduates work in/on:

  • Contracting firms on a project management or design path
  • Small timber frame or conventional construction businesses
  • Housing non-profits and building inspection agencies
  • Renewable energy and weatherization services

 

Public Workshops for Professional Development or Personal Enrichment

In conjunction with KVCC’s Institute of Workforce Training and Professional Development, the Sustainable Construction program offers community workshops for professional development and personal enrichment.

Sign-up today or contact Karen Delile for more information:
Call 207.453.5083
Email workforce@kvcc.me.edu

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Scott Lamer
(207) 453-5813
slamer@kvcc.me.edu

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