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Architectural roster ‘studded’ with star quality

First-prize winners (from left): Rodriguez-Polanco, Huaman, Gatchell and Hornak
First-prize winners (from left): Rodriguez-Polanco, Huaman, Gatchell and Hornak
Flexing their second-place muscles (from left) are Bugbee, Hollenbach and Harman.
Flexing their second-place muscles (from left) are Bugbee, Hollenbach and Harman.

“Boohaus,” the third annual costume competition within Penn College’s architecture program, provided an inviting outlet for students already quite accustomed to displaying their handiwork in the second-floor studio. Two groups of seniors participated, each coincidentally drawing inspiration from the studs that serve as fundamental construction support for any successful design. Winning first prize of $120 was the team of Declan W. Gatchell, of Manchester; David T. Hornak, of Spring Mills; Alejandro F. Huaman, of Dingmans Ferry; and Ediel O. Rodriguez-Polanco, of Montoursville – whose members adopted personas that included “Jack (o’ lantern) Stud,” “King Stud” and “Metal Stud.” Second-prize winners, collecting $55 for their efforts, were the “Steel Studs”: Megan A. Bugbee, of Geneseo, New York; Marcie M. Harman, of Nescopeck; and Jason R. Hollenbach, Reading. Rodriguez-Polanco is an architecture and sustainable design major; the others are enrolled in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration. Adding to the fun in the Carl Building Technologies Center were refreshments and an imaginatively themed music playlist. (“Werewolves of London” or “Season of the Witch,” anyone?) Three members of the architectural technology faculty served as judges for the contest, the name of which playfully invokes the Bauhaus school of design: Daniel L. Brooks, instructor; Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor; and Tuna Saka, associate professor.

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