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Construction Scholars Learning From the Pros


The semester’s first official industry presentation for Built Environment Scholars, featuring local architect Anthony H. Visco Jr. (a 1967 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College and a member of Penn College’s Architectural Technology Advisory Board), was held recently in the School of Construction & Design Technologies.

Anthony H. Visco Jr. – alumnus, adviser and longtime friend of the college – gives students a front-row peek at their imminent careers. (Photo provided)
Anthony H. Visco Jr. – alumnus, adviser and longtime friend of the college – gives students a front-row peek at their imminent careers. (Photo provided)

The goal of the BE Scholars Lecture Series is to increase students’ awareness of various industry and career-related activities.

Visco’s Feb. 13 presentation covered the following topics:

  • The inner working of an architectural office
  • The cross-disciplinary nature of architecture and how it interphases with various construction industries
  • Examples of past and current projects, including a detailed chronological photo survey of Bowman Field
  • Examination of an actual set of construction drawings

The next presentation will be at 3:30 p.m. March 13 in Room B2014 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center, and will feature two alumni employees of Larson Design Group: David I. Balzer (’01, architectural technology), director of retail design, and Ty C. Richline (’13, architectural technology, and ’15, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration), who leads virtual-reality initiatives for the firm.

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the BE Scholars program is designed to increase retention, degree completion and career readiness for students enrolled in the school’s two-year majors – architectural technology; civil engineering technology; concrete science technology; surveying technology; heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; and building construction technology.

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