Three students nail roof decking in place

PHS Elements of Construction students build the roof of a storage shed for Sober House of Sheboygan.

Construction students tackle community projects

Posted February 17, 2020

Community members again are invited to submit projects to be built by the Elements of Construction class at Plymouth High School.

Students tackled a variety of projects for community members during the first semester, and are seeking additional projects for the second semester. Instructor Ken Odekirk is looking for smaller projects, such as playhouses, doghouses, chicken coops, and small storage sheds, that can be completed or prefabricated at school.

The owner supplies the materials, and students help with the design (if needed) and provide the labor to complete each project. Projects are built at PHS and need to be transported upon completion.

One of the biggest projects from the first semester was a 10-by-8-foot storage shed for Sober House of Sheboygan, funded by Redeemer Lutheran Church of Plymouth. PHS students constructed the walls, built the roof, and painted all of the exterior materials at the high school.

These prefabricated parts then were transported from the school to Sheboygan with the help of Odekirk Custom Service and Odekirk Electric. Once on site, they were assembled by a group of volunteers, including Mr. Odekirk and members of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Other projects completed during the fall of 2019 included:

  • A garden trellis for Salem Green, a condo for senior citizens in Plymouth.
  • A checkout stand for JK Handmade, a Plymouth business.
  • A checkout counter made of recycled cabinets and lumber as well as display racks from recycled materials for Division Street Marketplace, a new business in Plymouth selling locally grown and made products.

Learn more:
• Contact Ken Odekirk, Elements of Construction teacher, at or (920) 893-6911 Ext. 1309.
• Explore the Community Engagement section of our award-winning District Report Card to learn more about how our students give back to the community.

4 men working on nearly completed shed

Volunteers assemble the Sober House shed prefabricated by PHS students.