A real SHE-shed: Girls build backyard shed at construction camp

The shed, built by advanced campers during the Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –


A Leigh Valley homeowner got a newly built shed for his back yard thanks to the Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls.

The custom-built shed came to the winning bidder at Lehigh Valley Habitat for Humanity’s fundraising auction and was built by seven high school-aged girls who were advanced campers at this summer’s camp. The camp, which exposes girls to the building industry, is sponsored each year by ATAS International of Allentown, so the shed, of course, featured an ATAS metal roof.

Kevin Klersy and Tim Coughlan of ATAS’ technical services and inside technical sales departments helped with the installation of ATAS’ standing seam metal roof panels and trims.

A retractable awning was constructed with the same roof panels, which covers an opening on one side of the shed.  It has a bar on the outside, under which stools can be placed, and a countertop on the inside of the bar area.

The overall design process was guided by architect Samantha Ciotti Falcone, owner of SCF Architecture.

Volunteers from the local construction community provided instruction and helped the girls build the shed.

Let’s Build is a free week-long camp designed for high school age girls to explore construction trades, architecture, engineering, and construction materials manufacturing through hands-on experiences. ​ This was the first year for an advanced camp.

Jon Lattin, president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of CSI, and Kristen Fallon, regional vice president of member services of Eastern PA ABC, helped create and organize each year’s efforts for the annual camp