The new Building Trades project is in full swing this week as students began laying walls for two new cabins at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park.
Northwest Technical School students typically build a home in Maryville, but this year they have partnered with the City of Maryville to build the family cabins.
In a trade-off deal, the city gave the tech school a lot on Sixth Street, one that has become vacant after the removal of an unsafe home.
The city and district partnership could potentially continue in the future, but for now, Building Trades teacher Jay Drake and City Manager Greg McDanel are more concerned with getting the cabins ready to go.
"We're hoping to get both buildings closed in before the bad weather hits," Drake said. "They're calling for an early frost, colder than usual and more snow than last year. So we want to get them closed up before that hits."
The two cabins are being built down the hill from the Kiwanis shelter house. One is roughly the size of a two-car garage, the other is just a bit larger.
"I think it's going to be a be a great project," McDanel said. "We're excited to work with the tech school, and hope to do so again in the future."
This year's Building Trades program has almost doubled in numbers from last year.
There are 10 students in the morning, including West Nodaway, South Nodaway, Mound City and Rock Port, along with two adult students. Eight Maryville students make up the morning class.
The growth of the program will help with getting the two cabins closed in before winter, but it's still a process that Drake and his students are taking just as seriously as they have with all of their past projects.
"Once we get them closed in before winter, we'll work on one building at a time," Drake said. "We'll be able to have both classes working on the same building and it should move faster."