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Carpentry students to help construct heritage building at Lang Pioneer Village




Peterborough, ON (February 1, 2017) – Today at Fleming College, it was announced that Fleming College and Peterborough County have formed a partnership that involves utilizing the skills of students of the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre to assist Mortlock Construction in the building of the new Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building that will be constructed at Lang Pioneer Village Museum.

The project will provide the students with the ability to work alongside key industry players. They will learn the standards and the importance of high quality workmanship.

The agricultural community is strongly bound in tradition and the Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building will interpret and demonstrate the bond between the people and the rich land which has had such a strong influence on the economic and historic well-being of the region. This building will become the latest addition to Lang Pioneer Village Museum with its mission to preserve, promote and authentically recreate the rural history of Peterborough County.

“The County was a proud contributor to the Fleming Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre,” said Peterborough County Warden Joe Taylor. “Today we bring to fruition a vision of a partnership between Fleming and the County that offers opportunity for the students and all benefits the County. What makes this project so special, it not only involves the two public entities, it involves two private businesses as well – Mortlock Construction and Lett Architect – a real public – private partnership.”

“Fleming College carpentry students, staff and faculty are very excited to be a part of this historical community event,” said Jan Watson, KTTC Employment Market and Student Success Specialist. “We take pride in giving back to our community and it is much more rewarding for our students when they are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to a real-life project.”

“Mortlock is extremely honoured and excited to be a part of this leading-edge partnership. For many years we have worked with both Peterborough County and Fleming College as general contractors; always as a client-contractor relationship. Though those workings have always been enjoyable and mutually beneficial, this project unites us in a new and exciting way. We are equal partners working towards one end goal; the successful completion of this great community project. That is also what this project and partnership is about: community. We are a team of local organizations, we are the community and we are proud of that fact,” said Craig Mortlock.

“This partnership brings hands-on experience and an opportunity for the students to feel the pride of seeing their work on display for years to come. That pride and connection to the community will hopefully lead to many of these graduates deciding the stay and work here,” said Maxine Mann, Dean, School of Trades and Technology and School of Business, .

We have created a video to engage Rick Mercer to come and be part of a modern twist to an old fashioned barn building. Please help us catch Rick’s attention by sharing the video and using the hashtag #RaiseTheBarnRickMercer.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttC-gtVf0BI&feature=youtu.be