Last updated March 2, 2016 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Students |
News about Building Construction
Masonry Student: Career Choice ‘Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks’
Anthony J. DiBucci, of Pittsburgh, enrolled in building construction technology: masonry emphasis major, wrote the initial article for a new Masonry Design Blog feature. Headlined “How I Work,” DiBucci shares a glimpse into a typical day at Penn College and a reverent perspective on his meticulous craft of choice. “I know I’m in a field that will allow me to leave my presence on the world through projects I build,” he writes. “Masonry leaves a permanent mark, and if we want that mark to be filled with creativity and imagination, we must be knowledgeable in the field in which we work. The creation of a skilled mason’s work will be there always as an enduring reminder of a human being’s need to create and build.”
Photos by Zachery T. Kane, student photographer
And to Top It All Off …
The finishing touches on two stand-up patio tables incorporating material salvaged from the original Williamsport Hospital building – including the 1890 date stones and a portion of decorative terra cotta – were completed Wednesday by students and faculty from Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies. Begun in August by students in the Masonry Principles courses, the tables were topped by two polished slabs fabricated with the help of the Concrete Construction class and attractively flecked with multicolored glass. The tables are companion pieces to another college contribution: a 600-pound welded baseball glove at the front entrance to the Hospitality Inn at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. The students were joined on-site by Glenn R. Luse, masonry instructor; Harry W. Hintz Jr., instructor of construction technology; and Marc E. Bridgens, dean of the school. Also involved in the project was Franklin H. Reber, instructor of construction technology.
Last updated December 9, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff, Students |
Masonry Students Aid Sensory Garden, Feel Community’s Gratitude
Nine masonry students from Pennsylvania College of Technology recently installed accessible flower beds at the Lysock View Complex near Montoursville, receiving personal satisfaction and public acknowledgment of their much-appreciated community service.
The students, from instructor Glenn R. Luse’s Advanced Masonry Principles class, raised the beds to wheelchair height at the Lycoming County Sensory Garden so that disabled residents have an equal opportunity to exercise their green thumbs. In the process, the construction majors – who are used to having their projects disassembled at the end of class – have a tangible and lasting reminder of their shared skills.
Last updated November 24, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff, Students |
National Construction Advisory Board Includes Penn College Faculty
Two faculty members in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s building construction technology department recently participated in the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters Advisory Board meeting in Dallas, Texas.
In addition to serving on the national board, instructors Barney A. Kahn IV and Levon A. Whitmyer serve on subcommittees: Kahn is a member of the two-year competition and awards subcommittees, and Whitmyer sits on the four-year competition and nominating subcommittees.
“Being two of 15 educational members gives the college a significant national platform to lead our students into an industry that is in need of new young members,” Whitmyer said. “Barney and I never realized how important this volunteer position would be at placing us in the discussions at this level. We now realize that Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies has the opportunity to become a national influence in the delivery of residential construction education.”
Last updated October 7, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff |
Agreement Provides Transfer Path for Williamson Grads
Williamson College of the Trades and Pennsylvania College of Technology have forged an agreement that will ease the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree for Williamson graduates.
Students in Williamson’s construction technology programs will benefit from a transfer pathway into Penn College’s Bachelor of Science degree in residential construction technology and management without repeating coursework.
Last updated August 20, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Students |
Distinguished Alumnus Honored at Summer Commencement
Pennsylvania College of Technology presented its Distinguished Alumni Award to Warren A. Peter during Summer 2015 commencement ceremonies held Aug. 8 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields, demonstrated the importance of their Penn College education, participated in leadership roles within the community, and demonstrated a commitment to the college and community relations.
Peter graduated from Penn College’s immediate predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College, in 1974 with an Associate of Applied Science in carpentry and building construction technology.
Last updated August 8, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies |
Construction Deans Nurture Big Potential in Little Hands
The “Summer Bunch” from Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center visited a School of Construction & Design Technologies lab over two days this past week for a hands-on look at the builder’s trade. In separate visits Monday and Wednesday, the boys and girls learned about the proper use of tools; built wooden toolboxes with Marc E. Bridgens, the school dean; and were interviewed and photographed by assistant dean Carol A. Lugg. (When told that their parents could use the souvenir to carry around their tools, one girl responded, “My dad carries them one by one. He doesn’t need a toolbox.”)
Last updated July 9, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, General Information | Tagged as gallery |
Soon-to-Be-Grads Grab One More Tool on Way to Work
Four students graduating Friday from the School of Construction & Design Technologies spent much of the day in the carpentry lab, demonstrating their acquired talents in hopes of attaining a Pennsylvania Builders Association advanced skill endorsement. For several hours, the students – Zachary R. Beaver, of Danville; Matthew D. Bohlen, of Lancaster; Ryan T. Fry, of Nazareth; and Zachary A. Green, of Kensington, Maryland – were put through a series of competencies developed by Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, based on industry standards. Under the watchful eyes of faculty (including Whitmyer and Barney A. Kahn IV, instructor of building construction technology), the students demonstrated layouts for wall, stairs, rafters and porches; framing skills; exterior finishing; drywall; and trim and millwork. The PBA, which has endorsed the college’s building construction technology and building construction technology: masonry emphasis majors, offers the advanced skill credential to increase students’ credibility as they enter the labor force. Fry is earning his degree in residential construction technology and management; the others are graduating in building construction technology. Windows, longer-length lumber and other materials used in the testing were donated by Your Building Centers.
Last updated May 15, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Students |
Cub Scouts Build Souvenirs, Memories in Visit to Carpentry Labs
The Penn College Construction Association welcomed the Muncy Cub Scouts to campus on Monday. The Scouts arrived at the carpentry labs for an evening filled with fun, as they learned how to build their own birdhouses and small toolboxes. Every Cub Scout had a PCCA member guide him through the construction of each project. “This was a wonderful event,” said PCCA President Ryan Fry, of Nazareth. “I enjoyed seeing the Cub Scouts enjoy building their very own projects. I think our members had just as much fun as the kids.” The Scouts had a sense of accomplishment after seeing their projects come to fruition. PCCA Historian Alexander E. Eckerd, of Elizabethtown, said: “The club members enjoyed passing their passion for construction down to the next generation. I feel the Cub Scouts greatly enjoyed their time spent with us and will have a lasting memory.” PCCA believes such events are very successful in getting future generations to develop an appreciation for the construction industry. “Another successful task completed by the PCCA,” said organization Secretary Kyle J. Williams, of Oley. “It was truly a great feeling to be able to help the Cub Scouts build these projects, letting them get hands-on and mentoring them with techniques that we learned in our construction classes. Seeing the kids smiling and enjoying every minute of using the tools and building their projects really inspired me, and I hope PCCA continues the tradition!” Fry, Eckerd and Williams are enrolled in the college’s four-year residential construction technology and management major. After the kids completed their projects, faculty member Barney A. Kahn IV led the Cub Scouts on a tour of the construction labs. More photos can be viewed on PCCA Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Photos by Kahn, instructor of building construction technology
Last updated April 23, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Students |
Eight Penn College Students Headed for SkillsUSA Nationals
Eight first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 51st annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 22-26 in Kentucky.
Five other students from the college finished in the top four places in a variety of categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 8-10 in Hershey.
“The students did very well representing the college. It was the first time competing for some of the students, but they will be back next year for another go-around,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “Many of the students advancing have been to nationals before, either as a college competitor or when they were in high school. We’re looking forward to the change of venue, as nationals will be in Louisville instead of Kansas City.”
Last updated April 14, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Automotive, Aviation, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Diesel & Power Generation, Engineering Design Technology, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, Welding |
Penn College Construction Students Start Scholarship Fund
A campus organization at Pennsylvania College of Technology is putting its money where its classmates are, starting a scholarship fund to help construction students meet the costs of their education.
Members of the Penn College Construction Association, a student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders, made the initial gift to a fund that will begin awarding scholarships in the Fall 2015 semester.
Last updated April 9, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships, Students |
Masonry Students Build Glass Enclosure for Time Capsule
A vault for Penn College’s Centennial time capsule has been constructed on the first floor of Madigan Library by instructor Glenn R. Luse’s Brick Masonry class. Over the past week, the students laid six courses of glass block purchased through Clif Grimes at Beavertown Block Co. Inc. The capsule, to be filled with various items suggested and collected throughout the college’s 2014 Centennial celebration, will be placed in the library vault Wednesday. Billtown Mechanical Corp. fabricated the surrounding track system and will seal the top, Luse said. Students involved were Brett D. Aldinger, of Easton; Anthony J. DiBucci, of Glenshaw; Ciaran E. Cahalane, Newtown Square; Brianna L. Lizza, of Pittston; and Daniel R. McKay, of Havertown. Lizza is enrolled in building science and sustainable design: building construction technology concentration; the others are majoring in building construction technology: masonry emphasis.
Last updated April 8, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Students |
Penn College Student’s Aerial Images on Display in Gallery Lobby
Aerial images captured by Pennsylvania College of Technology student Maxwell A. Davert are on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of the Madigan Library, through April 23.
Davert, a senior in building science and sustainable design from Greene, Rhode Island, has gathered numerous still and video images using a quadcopter with an integrated, high-definition camera. The collection of images on display includes eight color photographs of the Penn College campus and 10 videos, offered via two television screens. The videos feature the campus, local area and other venues, including natural sites in Davert’s home state.
Last updated April 7, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Architectural Technology, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Gallery, Students |
PCCA Continues Discussion During Post-Career Fair Social
The Penn College Construction Association expanded its opportunity to interact with potential employers with an invitation to remain on campus for a social event following this week’s Career Fair. Using Penn’s Inn as the backdrop, club members opened the social with a brief introduction to the purpose of the club. Officers highlighted several of their community service projects while their guests enjoyed a much-needed break to sit and enjoy the presentation. “We wanted to give students and prospective employers an opportunity to continue conversations from the Career Fair in a more informal setting,” said Ryan T. Fry, PCCA president. “While I graduate in May, my goal is for this social event to becoming a sustaining activity for future Penn College students.” After the brief presentation of club activities, the students, employers and faculty members enjoyed casual talk about the industry. For faculty, it was also an opportunity to catch up with alumni now working in the field. “I’ve been involved with the club since I started at Penn College. Being involved has allowed me to become engaged with the community,” said Vincent S. DelMonte, PCCA vice president. “The club provided me with additional avenues to apply my skills. I like to call this club my ‘free class,’” he added with a laugh.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean, construction and design technologies
Last updated March 20, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Students |
Seventh-Graders Add to Career Toolkit During Campus Visit
Seventh-graders from Williamsport Area Middle School’s after-school program made a visit recently to the concrete masonry facilities in Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies. Under the direction of Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, the young students learned the tools of the trade and made concrete pavers. Participants in the after-school program visit the college once a week (seventh-graders on Wednesday and eighth-graders on Thursday) through a partnership coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Last updated March 5, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, College Transitions, Construction & Design Technologies, General Information |