Friday, November 7, 2008

New Facilities & Upgrades

In May of 2007 a construction process began on the Red Wing campus to update the school as well as our music repair program areas. The lab areas were reconfigured and space was added to our power tool room known as our "common shop". This renovation brought our facilities up to date complimenting our updated finishing area and new spray booth constructed a couple years ago. Here is one of the guitar labs located within the department and adjacent to both our finishing area and power tool room.

Over the last 4 years we've slowly replaced older equipment and this year added a new Timesaver thickness sander, Denray downdraft sanding table, a half dozen Dynabrade sanders and upgraded our planer with a Shelix spiral cutterhead which is the same configuration our 12" Grizzly jointer has. A brand new dust collection system was also apart of the improvements so the whole power tool area stays much cleaner than our old facility.

There are still upgrades to equipment planned and we'll continue to phase in refinements throughout the coming years but the program and facility have gone through a major evolution in just these past 4 years. Below is the other guitar lab adjacent to the power tool room.

Students each have their own workbench and our classes are arranged in 4, 6 or 7 week blocks depending on the course and semester. Even though it's a full-time 8 hour a day commitment, this allows students to have only 1 or 2 classes per week for those blocks of time. We've been able to get to more content with this arrangement, another improvement to whole program.