TAUNTON — Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School Superintendent-Director Dr. Alexandre Magalhaes and Vocational Technical Coordinator Jacqueline Machamer, and Bridgewater Police Department Chief Christopher Delmonte, are pleased to announce the recent completion of a multi-year project at the school.
Juniors and seniors in the school’s carpentry and electrical programs completed the construction of a large vehicle garage to be used by the Bridgewater Police Department. Students and school staff were presented with a plaque during a ceremony to mark the completion of the project on Tuesday, June 8.
Students worked on the project over the past two years. Remote learning due to the pandemic lengthened the time it took to finish construction of the building, but students showed a great deal of determination in seeing the project through to completion, using a wide variety of skills and disciplines during the process.
“Our carpentry and electrical students worked diligently to finish this project and they should be commended for not only their tremendous effort to see the project through, but also the high quality work they were able to accomplish,” Coordinator Machamer said. “This project was definitely a win-win for our school and the Bridgewater Police, and this building will serve as a testament to the high-level of skill our students are capable of even in the most challenging of times.”
The Outbuilding, located at the rear of the police station at 220 Pleasant St., will house specialized equipment for the BPD and also serve as a major incident coordination point when needed.
Students have completed similar projects for municipal and law enforcement agencies in the past, which fits in well with the emphasis the school places on community service and involvement.
“Partnering with our local cities and towns is a terrific way to give our students real-world experience and show them how the things they are learning at B-P will help them as they progress in their careers,” Superintendent Magalhaes said. “It also serves as a way for our school and our students to give back to their communities in a meaningful way.”
Carpentry instructor Doug Coray and electrical instructors Christopher Moniz, Keith Powers and Thomas Ross supervised the project. In total, roughly 120 students from the carpentry and electrical programs worked on the project, from the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022.
“The students who worked to complete this building did so while battling a pandemic and they also worked in all seasons and through adverse weather conditions, and we are thrilled with the result,” Chief Delmonte said. “We appreciate every student and staff member from Bristol-Plymouth who contributed to this building, and we look forward to putting it to good use.”