As part of its effort to positively impact our communities, F & R Construction, a leading construction company in Puerto Rico, is offering elementary school students construction classes under the Build Up program, a program by the Associated General Contractors of America, Puerto Rico Chapter (AGCPR). As an active member of the AGCPR, F & R Construction joins this initiative to bring the experience and knowledge of an engineer to the classroom and teach students the various facets of the process of constructing a building. “It’s a very interesting dynamic that develops in the classroom with the students,” said engineer Luis Borges, EIT, in charge of the classes offered by F & R. “They learn from the different trades of construction and how the various topics discussed in the classes can be incorporated into the subjects they study daily,” said Luis Borges.
The students are involved in the courses that integrate Math, English, Spanish, Science and Social Studies to construction. Also, Build Up is designed so that pupils learn about the trades that are related to construction, and are encouraged to continue studying so that they form a career, either in construction or in different fields of interest to them. The first round of courses was held in the community of Las Gladiolas in Hato Rey, at the Emilio del Toro Cuevas’ School. These specialized classes are offered weekly to children of 5th grade, under the supervision and coordination of their teacher Dora I. Rodriguez.
During a recent class, the topic discussed was how drinking water reaches the homes of consumers and the whole process that this system entails. Children actively participated in the course building a potable water system themselves, as well as a sanitary water system. In addition, Borges handed students safety glasses and showed them security equipment to teach them the importance of using these precautions in any work related to construction.
F & R Construction is carrying out the Build Up program at this school to provide education in a positive environment to young students, who soon will be shaping the future of Puerto Rico.
For more information about the programs promoted by the Associated General Contractors of America, Puerto Rico Chapter (ACGPR) and F & R Construction Group, you can call (787) 753 -7010 or (787) 781-2200.