Schools from across the Lowcountry competed to determine who can build the best shed. It is all a part of an effort to help bring construction work back as a viable career choice.

“It’s another example of business getting involved in our educational system,” said Erin Aylor, associate vice president of marketing for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Seven schools competed in the Build a Shed event: Berkeley High School, Charleston County School of the Arts, Cross High School, Fort Dorchester High School, R.B. Stall High School, Timberland High School and Wando High School.

“They can get face-to-face with what it means to do construction--it’s not just hammering, it takes knowledge and expertise and a lot of skill,” she said.

The competition started at 7 a.m. Friday at the Exchange Park in Ladson and ended at 2 p.m.. Ten judges were there to determine which team built the best 8 x 11 shed.

“They are working alongside contractors to mentor them and help them through the process, but it’s really an opportunity to get those students involved and exposed to the construction industry which has so many opportunities,” Aylor said.

After the competition the judges determined the top three finishers. Students from Fort Dorchester High School took first place, followed by R.B. Stall and Wando High School.

All seven of the sheds were auctioned off. The proceeds will be used to fund future events like the Build a Shed competition.