Bricks, Mortar Build Institutional Rapport in College’s Masonry Laboratory
About 50 architecture students from The Pennsylvania State University visited Penn College’s masonry lab Wednesday, gaining hands-on experience and a heightened appreciation of the relationship between design and construction. The traditional spring event highlights the college’s affiliation with Penn State; emphasizes masonry’s ties to another profession; delineates a career path that women might otherwise overlook; and illustrates the tangible support of Watsontown Brick, Glen-Gery Corp. and other industry representatives who provide technical assistance and thousands of dollars’ worth of supplies for the college’s Construction Masonry Building.
– Photos by Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer
Maneuvering block onto the plumb line
A dry run
Penn State classmates practice teamwork on the way to making ends meet.
A gender-neutral profession
Busy trowels make quick work for fledgling stonemasons.
Collaboration lengthens a course of block.
Sturdy construction draws faculty kudos
… and succumbs to a “brick too far”
A newly formed arch withstands weight testing …
Lending helpful hands
Spreading an even coat of “mud”
Lining it up, with an eye for precision
Guests moved from station to station, including a stint in arch construction.
Visiting students, accompanied by James G. Cooper, assistant professor in Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture, watch instructor Glenn R. Luse (center).
Faculty coordinator Richard R. Motter, a Penn College masonry instructor, makes students feel at home in new surroundings.