The Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA has partnered with the Urban Forestry Division of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation to build a lumber kiln on the school's south lot. Urban Forestry mills DC trees for lumber using fallen trees, trees that are removed for construction and building, and trees that are removed from permitted private property. Once the trees have been cut down and milled, ACAD will receive the raw lumber that will then be placed into the kiln, essentially a wood dehumidifier, to prepare lumber for use by ACAD and DDOT to build projects city-wide.
To get this project started, scholars demolished an existing shed to make room for the new structure. A 10-foot by 20-foot concrete pad was donated and poured by Miller & Long Concrete on October 17 for the kiln's foundation. The kiln requires an electrical system will be installed by advanced apprentices from the DC Apprenticeship Academy and their instructor, who is a master electrician.