News about Building Construction

Got Game? Former Student-Athletes Toss Extra Talents Into Careers

Golfer-turned-head-coach Matthew Haile helped his team stay undefeated and capture conference championships. In 2003, he was the conference individual champion – the first since 1982.

During Adam Waigand’s tenure, the Wildcats soccer team achieved a 55-14-1 record and a 2004 conference championship. An All-State selection, he helped the defense record 15 shutouts in his last two years.

Lindsey Fackler was a three-time All-American archer and Academic All-American who was part of the college’s title-winning female compound team at the 2009 U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships.

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: Alumni of Wildcat athletic programs apply lessons from the field, court, course and mat to their post-Penn College lives. Archery champion Lindsay Fackler, ’10, applies focus in her nursing career, while golfer Matthew Haile, ’06, now head coach, applies lessons in confidence to challenges in information technology, and Adam Waigand, ’05, uses teamwork learned on the soccer field in his work as a construction supervisor.

Masonry Students Share Craft With Penn State Architecture Majors

The day's guests waste no time in getting to work.

More than 40 architecture students from The Pennsylvania State University traveled to Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building on Wednesday, an annual visit that acquaints them with the practical upshot of their designs and reinforces the benefits of masonry as a construction medium. Aided by faculty and students from the college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies, the Penn State guests moved from station to station in half-hour intervals, working hands-on with a variety of building materials – many of them donated by the college’s industry partners.

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Two-Year Construction Team Places Third Among National Competitors

A team of associate-degree students from Penn College finished third in this week’s Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas, while its four-year counterpart placed 13th among 35 entries. Benjamin L. Thayer, a building construction technology major from Hampton, N.J., and captain of the college’s two-year team, was chosen as an outstanding student-chapter member. Held during the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Show, the event gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to solve construction-related problems by working on real-life projects.

College Cements Bond With Penn State Landscape Architecture Majors

Thirty landscape architecture majors from The Pennsylvania State University received valuable hands-on experience in Penn College’s masonry lab this past week. The traditional exercise gave Penn State students the opportunity to work with materials and processes that are often part of their designs: brick, block, artificial stone and archways. Penn College students served as instructors in the Construction Masonry Building during the Tuesday afternoon visit, which has also been reported on the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture website.

Foundation Board Member, Wife Establish Memorial Scholarship

As part of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Scholarship Campaign, Penn College Foundation Board of Directors member Paul H. Rooney Jr. and his wife, Tacie, have established an annual scholarship in memory of Tacie’s parents.

First preference for awards from the C. Leroy and Evelyn M. Kimble Scholarship is for full-time students who have graduated from a Lycoming County high school and are enrolled in the residential construction technology and management bachelor-degree major. The scholarship is renewable as long as the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.

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New Penn College Video Showcases Inspirational Masonry Student

The inspirational story of a building construction technology: masonry emphasis major is explored in the latest video added to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s YouTube Channel.

The nearly four-minute video highlights the associate-degree major through the experiences of Nicole Reyes-Molina, of Lancaster.

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Penn College General Services Employees Support Scholarship

Don Luke

Employees in the General Services department at Pennsylvania College of Technology are supporting a scholarship established by one of their own.

After hearing President Davie Jane Gilmour announce the Penn College Scholarship Campaign at an all-college meeting in August, Don Luke, facilities supervisor and a General Services employee since 1990, began thinking about his tenure at the institution, the career opportunities extended to him, the quality of benefits he and his family enjoy, and the satisfaction of helping students financially so they can achieve their dreams.

As a way of giving back to the college, Luke decided to start a scholarship that he – and his fellow General Services employees – could support. Luke made a payroll-deduction pledge to start the Penn College General Services Scholarship, which will benefit students in majors who could eventually work in General Services. The payroll-deduction option allows Luke to make his gift in a budget-friendly fashion.

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Construction Dean Helps Campus Youngsters Build a Memory

Visitors check out the structural integrity of students' construction work – including an assessment of whether the roof is sturdy enough "to hold Santa Claus."

With the dean's assistance, each of the children donned the requisite eye protection and operated a power screwdriver. Morgan Hersh (whose father, Michael J., is assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life) shows skill and determination in assembling a souvenir toolbox.

Gathering around their mentor, members of the class proudly display their woodworking success.

Seven youngsters from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center toured a Penn College carpentry lab Thursday morning, learning about the literal tools of the trade and assembling mementos to take back to their classroom for paintbrush personalization. Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies, acquainted his guests with a variety of topics – including rafters, drywall, forklifts, staircases and (always) safety – and helped them build toolboxes as a lasting reminder of their visit.

Penn College Students Fare Well Amid High-Profile Competition

Students from construction majors and several other disciplines skillfully represented Pennsylvania College of Technology during competition at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show recently held in Las Vegas.

A team of students from four-year majors finished 12th out of 31 schools in the HBI Residential Construction Management Competition, and their two-year counterparts captured ninth place in a field of 16. Entrants representing universities, community colleges, high schools, and career and technical schools take part in the annual competition, in which students solve real-life residential construction problems and present their solutions to a judging panel of industry experts.

“Our four-year team had its best finish as far as anyone can remember,” said Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology and co-adviser. “I was completely happy with the results. The students worked so hard, and we made a great showing at the competition. Even the judges made comments about how well we improved over last year.”

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Longsderff Named PSUAC ‘Pitcher of the Week’

Joshua E. Longsderff

Penn College baseball player Joshua E. Longsderff, a residential construction technology and management major from Columbia, has been named the Penn State University Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the period ending March 31.  Longsderff threw a complete-game shutout against Penn State Mont Alto in his sole appearance of the week, allowing only seven hits and two walks.  He captured one strikeout in the 2-0 win. So far this season, Longsderff has a 2.65 ERA with seven strikeouts and a .269 opposing batters’ average.  His ERA ranks him third in the PSUAC.  His efforts have helped Penn College to 4-0 record in the conference and a 7-6 overall record.  Longsderff and the Wildcats get back into action when they travel to Penn State Greater Allegheny on Thursday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

On This Long-Awaited ‘Green’ Project, Knowledge IS Power

Wiring the wind turbine are, clockwise from left, Sam Courtney, installation supervisor for Wind Turbines of Ohio, LLC; Jon W. Hart, instructor of building automation technologies/HVAC electrical; and Paul T. Jordan, a renewable energy technologies major from Williamsport.

Sam Courtney checks the readout on the controller, inside a building adjacent to the 80-foot turbine tower, with Wayne E. Gebhart, assistant professor of electrical technologies/occupations.

The turbine near the Route 15 entrance to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, about 10 miles south of Penn College's main campus, spins in the wintry wind.

After a few wiring connections, the flick of a switch, some last-minute adjustments – and a helpful blast of winter wind across the White Deer Valley – Penn College’s turbine became operational Thursday. The morning’s achievement was several years in the making, beginning with a 2010 U.S. Department of Energy grant through The Pennsylvania State University. Students from the college’s two-year renewable energy technologies major will draw primary benefit from the turbine, which is near the Route 15 entrance to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and begins to generate power when wind speed hits 7-9 miles per hour. (Thursday’s current, which provided a timely nudge shortly after the turbine’s approval for use, was expected to hit upwards of 20 mph.)  Other majors from the School of Construction and Design Technologies – carpentry, electrical and masonry, among them – helped with installation of the wind turbine, erecting the 24-by-24-foot support building and hooking up the equipment that converts raw, natural energy into usable electricity.

Bricks, Mortar Build Institutional Rapport in College’s Masonry Laboratory

Faculty coordinator Richard R. Motter, a Penn College masonry instructor, makes students feel at home in new surroundings.

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.

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Jonathan M. Probst Chosen as Latest ‘Student of the Month’

Jonathan M. Probst

Jonathan M. Probst, a residential construction technology and management major from Allison Park, has been chosen as January’s Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Future Landscape Architects Travel to College’s Masonry Lab

Knocking free the supporting form, instructor Glenn Luse shares a student's excitement when her arch holds firm.

A Penn State student pleasantly accepts a trowel (and some learned advice) from the industry's Ron Bower.

Faculty member Richard Motter helps a duo maneuver a block into place.

Instructor Robert Gresko offers personalized attention to students working with stone.

As their final project, teams had to incorporate all of the day's masonry material into one structure. (Photo by Glenn Luse)

A record 63 landscape architecture students from The Pennsylvania State University filled Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building on Tuesday afternoon, getting a concentrated dose of hands-on instruction. Faculty and students from the college’s School of Construction and Design Technologies, joined by skilled industry representatives, mentored the guests as they moved through five stations: brick, block, cultured stone, real stone and archway construction. The day’s agenda, which mirrors an annual spring excursion by Penn State architecture majors, culminated in an informal competition among teams of visiting students. Contributing to the tradition’s success were Glenn Luse and Richard Motter, instructors of building construction; Robert Gresko, instructor of construction technology; Byron Singer, manager of Centre Hall Masonry Supply; Thomas Smith, apprentice coordinator for Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union Local #5; Ron Bower, business agent for the union local; Fred Fischer, union steward; and Ray Worth, a union bricklayer who helped build the college’s masonry laboratory.

Turbine Project Enhances Education in Variety of Penn College Majors

Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies, assesses progress Friday.

Mountain stone climbs the exterior walls of the turbine-control building, rising to meet the white vinyl siding that will soon be installed. The 576-square-foot structure will be topped by a blue metal roof, matching another at the ETEC site.

Students in an array of Penn College majors are benefiting from installation of a wind turbine near the Schneebeli Earth Science Center south of Williamsport, both from the tower itself and construction of a related control center. Students in the two-year renewable energy technologies major are the prime beneficiaries of the turbine, which sits 80 feet above college property adjacent to the Energy Technology Education Center along Route 15. But the classes of at least seven School of Construction and Design Technologies faculty members, in curricula ranging from carpentry and concrete to masonry and electrical, are building the 24-by-24-foot building that will house the inverters and related equipment. Marc E. Bridgens, dean of the school, said the site will be available to any interested major, whether within construction (such as building science and sustainable design) or in another discipline (such as a science class in the School of Integrated Studies). In addition to providing students with hands-on exposure to the college’s “green” careers, power produced by the wind turbine – just one of the alternative sources examined in the two-year renewable-energy major – will illuminate roadside signage and generate cost-cutting electricity. A solar project on main campus continues to collect data for online comparison; Bridgens said a similar website is possible after the turbine is operational.