Emanuel Gamaliel Spain-Lopez's Capstone
For our Senior Capstone project, we decided to work together in rehabbing an entire house in Port-Richmond area. I was in charge of all construction in the house and Zoe was the interior designer. Zoe and I have always loved using our hands and creativity to make things, and even more so when that thing could be useful to others. I enjoy doing the structural aspects where I have to always think ahead on what I’m making. Zoe enjoys taking simple things and her own artistic views and implementing them in big ways. Putting these things into consideration, we felt that doing something as big as this, was a great idea. Not to mention that we are both pursuing careers in these fields going into college next year. There was a great deal we had to figure out along the way and we knew from the beginning that this was not something we could do alone. We hired peers from school to work with us on the weekends and had to cut things from our own schedules often to get more time in the house. Our mentor, John Staack of Staack Moore Woodworking, was incredibly helpful throughout this whole 11-month process! He provided us with all the resources we needed to bring this house back to life. Even now as the Capstone presentations are coming soon, there is still some work to be done in the house before the open house in June. But, Zoe and I are seeing this through to the end and, when it’s all good and done this is an experience we will never forget and always appreciate.
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