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St. Philip's College construction technology students Luis Ortega, Samuel Velez and Donald Bradshaw are building a custom interior for a trailer used to transport a bevy of training aids for the Public Safety Officers at Alamo Colleges District.
Safety Trailer Project

Partnership for Safety: SPC Construction Students Build Trailer Interior

St. Philip's College construction technology students Luis Ortega, Samuel Velez and Donald Bradshaw are building a custom interior for a trailer used to transport a bevy of training aids for the Public Safety Officers at Alamo Colleges District.

The college partnered with the employees three weeks ago to give a police department team that protects 65,000 students exactly what they needed when they purchased the trailer and the materials for the interior work a trio of students are using to perform the transformation, a first of its type partnership at the college, according to Francisco Antonio, the college’s lab technician for construction trades and plumbing.

Antonio and a student both said the trailer will be picked up by members of the department once work is complete. Eventually the trailer will transport such items as targets to ranges the department members use to practice.

But first the students have a lot of work to accomplish, said Antonio.

“The trailer and construction materials came in three weeks ago,” Antonio said while providing a tour of a vast carpentry shop full of projects. “The students got dimensions and went to work as a team. When it’s finished, the police will have a mobile shop for their range work, and our students will have gained some very specialized experience,” said Antonio.

Luis Ortega is one of the three students who have been working on the team project.

“I’ve been working on it for nearly a month,” the second year construction technology student said. “The trailer was built by a contractor and could have been for any purpose once the desired shelving was added,” said Ortega. “We’re installing a shelf system to make it more user-friendly,” he said.

“The challenge is the trailer is already built,” Ortega explained while gesturing toward the shiny new silver trailer. “Things that are installed by us, such as shelving, have to be installed and squared precisely within the trailer. We work around that. We ran a bunch of numbers because the trailer’s not square. Luckily they wanted a simple installation,” Ortega said as he provided a tour of the interior woodwork the trio had scribed by pencil and pen.

“We’ll be finished soon, and we are waiting on the customer to get back with us on dimensions and locations of the shelves, beyond what we’ve already installed,” said Ortega.

Alamo Colleges District Department of Public Safety Officer Sgt. Robert James initiated the partnership.

“We wanted to partner with the students,” explained Sgt. James. “We have a situation where we have a new trailer and we are trying to have it outfitted to keep it organized when we go to the range,” said James. “We will haul our equipment and target stands we need out at the range in the new trailer. We will also outfit it with a generator to power an air compressor. Who better to help design this than through a partnership with the students here at St. Philip’s College? One, it gives them an idea of what we do; and two, it gives them an idea of how we do it and how they might want to specialize in this part of their industry,” said James. “Our department’s training sergeant drives a department pickup truck that we can use to transport the trailer to different ranges, like First Responders Academy, all depending on scheduling,” said James.

Guests are welcome to visit the construction technology lab to talk with the students in Building 1 of the college's Southwest Campus at 800 Quintana Road from 8 a.m.-noon on Mondays-Thursdays until the trailers are received by a team from the Alamo Colleges District Department of Public Safety. For details, contact Francisco Antonio, the college’s lab technician for construction trades and plumbing, at 210-486-7225, fantonio3@alamo.edu. Appropriate dress for a visit would consist of durable utility clothing, Antonio advises.

Trailer Facts:

SPC students who worked on the project | Luis Ortega, Samuel Velez and Donald Bradshaw
Trailer overall size | 16.5 x 93 x 87 inches
Trailer inside dimensions | 152 x 69.5 x 66 inches (L-W-H)
Trailer door opening | 60 x 58 inches (W-H)
Trailer volume capacity | Up to 396 cubic feet
Trailer max load | 2,990 pounds
Gross vehicle weight | 4,400 pounds maximum
Empty weight | 1,607 pounds
Number of custom compartments | One compartment and multiple surface areas
Number of hours of work performed by SPC students | 5 hours per student
Is the unit towed | Yes
When will the unit depart the SPC Southwest Campus | Hopefully students will be present to see the unit leave and join in a group shot, said Antonio. There is no set departure date, but departure is forecast for Nov. 20 or sooner Antonio shared.

CAPTIONS: St. Philip's College construction technology students Samuel Velez, Luis Ortega and Donald Bradshaw (not pictured) are building a custom interior for a trailer used to transport a bevy of training aids for the Public Safety Officers at Alamo Colleges District in the construction technology lab of the college's Southwest Campus at 800 Quintana Road. (Courtesy images by Donald Bradshaw)
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