News about Building Construction

College Honored for Role in Students’ Building-Code Certification

ICC

Two groups of Pennsylvania College of Technology students were recently on hand when the School of Construction & Design Technologies was honored by the International Code Council for participation in the Certification of Achievement program, which puts a recognized career-building tool into the hands of construction-related majors.

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Students Perform Well in Prestigious Builders’ Competition

Members of the two- and four-year Penn College teams gather outside the International Builders’ Show in Orlando. From left are Carlos Rojas, Williamsport; Nicholas D. Gieger, Dingmans Ferry; Chad W. Hawkins, Williamsport; Robert G. Jackson III, Butler; Casey L. Grim, Red Lion; Hanna J. Williams, Marion, N.Y.; Everett B. Appleby, Wilkes-Barre; Jordan M. Scott, Cogan Station; Lindsay A. Lane, McKean; Ryan Z. Zwickle, Slatington; and Liam R. McGarvey, Cogan Station.

A pair of teams comprising students from construction-related programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology admirably met the challenge of competition at the recent National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida.

A team representing associate-degree majors placed fifth in a field of 15 entrants from across the country in the Residential Construction Management Competition, and their colleagues from bachelor-degree majors finished 16th out of 35 institutions.

“The teams worked all of the fall semester on the problems given to them,” said Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, noting that competition preparation is undertaken 100-percent outside of students’ class time. “The problems typically are future, real-world projects within the construction industry.”

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WVIA to Rebroadcast Series Episode on ‘Green’ Careers

"Working Class"

Working Class: Build and Grow Green,” the second episode of a Telly Award-winning series co-produced by Penn College, will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday on WVIA. The hourlong documentary invites consideration of a range of options by those looking into “green” careers, exploring opportunities such as architecture and sustainable design; building construction and construction management; building automation; electrical technology and power generation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; forestry; and horticulture. The episode can also be viewed on the series’ comprehensive website, which additionally features a producer’s blog, video segments, K-12 educational resources and an art challenge.

PCCA, Visiting Scouts Build Rapport in Carpentry Lab

Building construction technology major Michael J. Deragon, of Fort Washington, helps Joey Boler Santoyo with a keepsake toolbox. The boy is the grandson of Stanley G. Boler, who retired in 2012 from the electronics and computer engineering technology faculty; his mother, Amanda, is a 1998 graduate in legal assistant-paralegal.

Whitmyer, who is also an assistant coach for the Wildcat baseball team, helps a young carpenter channel his determination.

Near the end of a successful evening, students and visitors gather for a commemorative photo.

Helping a Cub Scout get the job done is Alexander J. Kosylo, of Pittsburgh, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration.

James C. Feingold (left), of Freehold, N.J., a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration student, helps Steven C. Fox and son. The elder Fox is a Penn College alumnus, graduating in 2008 with an associate degree in electromechanical maintenance technology.

The Penn College Construction Association mentored Pack 24 from Muncy on Monday night, helping the Cub Scouts assemble birdhouses and toolboxes in the hands-on environment of the School of Construction & Design Technologies. With guidance from Cub Master Stephen D. Puzio and Barney A. Kahn IV and Levon A. Whitmyer, instructors of building construction technology, the students worked with the Scouts to safely craft their handmade souvenirs. Before the youngsters and chaperones left, take-home treasures proudly tucked under their arms, they toured instructional space in the Carl Building Technologies Center.

Architecture, Construction Students Apprised of Certification Opportunity

Jim Ellwood meets with students in one of Rob A. Wozniak's Codes, Specifications and Estimating classes.

Students in Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies recently had the opportunity to meet Jim Ellwood, educational liaison for the International Codes Council, who visited Building Code-based classes taught by Rob A. Wozniak and Harry W. Hintz Jr. Ellwood introduced students to the ICC certificate opportunity that he started a few years ago while maintaining his other role as a plans examiner.  His goal is to better prepare the upcoming workforce to better understand and use Building Codes. Working with both high schools and colleges, Ellwood travels on his days off to promote use of ICC’s International Residential Code and International Building Code, along with companion study books. Hintz, an instructor of construction technology, has students studying the IRC, and Wozniak, associate professor of architectural technology, has students studying the IBC. By the end of the semester, both groups will have the opportunity to take the test that Ellwood provides. If students pass, they will receive the ICC certificate – another resume-building tool that Penn College students have over competing graduates. While other institutions have inquired, Ellwood mentioned that the college is one of only three in the nation currently involved in this training.
Photo by Wozniak

Second Group of Concrete Wedges Rises at ‘Garden’ Site

Reber's class fills the forms for one of 18 upright pillars that will hold plaques of recognition.

An earlier pour shows the configuration of wedges atop a geometric pad.

The Campus Center roof provides a perfect "big picture" vantage point.

Another set of vertical walls for Penn College’s Recognition Garden was erected this week by Franklin H. Reber, instructor of construction technology, and students from one of three classes working on the project. Using Centre Concrete’s conveyer truck just west of the Bush Campus Center, the group (which also built the wooden forms) poured the second of three units that will hold commemorative plaques. The site, to be dedicated in the spring, is a successor to the inscribed bricks that line the Hagan Way entrance to main campus.
Photos by Andrew M. Richardson, General Services clerk of the works/construction manager

Masonry Students Repair Weather-Beaten Planters at Local Church

Gwendolyn M. Wagner, of Cressona, a building construction technology: masonry emphasis student, concentrates on the task at hand.

Penn College at work!

The job site: a venerable landmark in Williamsport's East End

A brief pause in action to oblige a passing photographer

Nicholas E. Mills, of Tyrone, signals his workplace satisfaction. Enrolled in building construction technology: masonry emphasis, Mills earned a residential builder degree in May.

In yet another visible and lasting community example of Penn College know-how, a group of construction students is rebuilding two composite wall planters at Calvary Baptist Church in the city. The Advanced Masonry Principles class was asked by Daniel W. Yoas (a member of the Calvary congregation and a Penn College faculty member) to reconstruct the planters near the sanctuary door at 42 Washington Blvd. “What a blessing to have these opportunities,” said Glenn R. Luse, instructor of building construction masonry. “The students could observe how masonry structures can fail due to lack of maintenance. In this case, the planters were exposed directly to years of hard winters with no protection.” The brick-and-block planters split apart, and students are rebuilding them – while paying close attention to matching the brickwork of the original structure.

Penn College/WVIA Documentary Explores Green Career Options

“When you’re in high school, and you’re thinking about a career, you could think about what’s just going to make you a lot of money, or you could think about something that you’re going to be happy doing for the rest of your life.”

This advice, from a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate working at one of the world’s great gardens, is offered in “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” an hourlong documentary premiering Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. on WVIA Public Media.

The second episode of a Telly Award-winning series produced by Penn College and WVIA, “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” invites viewers to consider a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources.

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Concrete Pour Brings ‘Garden’ Project Closer to Completion

As concrete flows down the chute into reinforced forms constructed last week, students scramble into action in this view from the Campus Center roof.

Franklin H. Reber adds to his Concrete Construction students' hands-on instruction through a keen eye sharpened by years of field experience.

The School of Construction & Design Technologies vehicle provides an apt backdrop for the bustling jobsite, where students polish their skills today while leaving a landmark for years to come.

Students and mentor use a variety of tools to spread and smooth the concrete during Wednesday's pour.

The project will eventually tie all three pads into a singular commemorative space.

Students poured the first of three concrete pads Wednesday for Penn College’s Recognition Garden, under construction on the Bush Campus Center lawn. The project – a collaboration of faculty, students and General Services staff – is a successor to the honorary and memorial bricks that border the main entrance to campus. The second pad will be poured Friday and the third on Monday; students will then start constructing forms for the 6-foot vertical concrete wedges that will hold the commemorative plaques.

Concrete Work Underway for Commemorative Landmark

Students abide a blistering hot Wednesday to get the job done.

Students in instructor Franklin H. Reber’s Concrete Construction lab have built the reinforced forms for the first of three hexagonal pads that will be the basis for Penn College’s Recognition Garden outside the Bush Campus Center. While two other classes will be assigned the remaining pads, this group will return to the site next week to pour concrete. Each of the three sections will eventually hold six vertical pillars, onto which will be installed plaques duplicating the information on deteriorating bricks that now line the main campus entrance off Maynard Street.

Preparatory Work Begins on Recognition Garden

Plotting and prepping the site on Thursday morning are Michael L. Bremigen (left), horticulture technician, and Chad L. Karstetter, horticulturist/motorpool lead person.

Work has begun on Penn College’s Recognition Garden on the west side of the Bush Campus Center, a cooperative project involving General Services employees and three groups of students taught by Franklin H. Reber, instructor of construction technology. The attractive and handicapped-accessible site will replace the commemorative bricks that line the main entrance to campus – bricks that have weathered poorly and have been slowly deteriorating over the years. The information on them will soon be transferred onto plaques that will be mounted on 18 concrete pillars rising from three hexagonal pads. Students will start constructing the forms for the three pads and the connecting sidewalks on Sept. 7; the pillars will also be poured on-site. A formal unveiling and dedication at the garden (which will also include LED lighting, planters, green space and walkways) is planned for the spring.

Students’ Civic Contribution Noted in Newscast

Student builders acknowledged

A ribbon rests atop a pillar constructed by Penn College masonry students. (Photo by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies)

Penn College’s involvement in construction of the Lycoming County Sensory Garden is noted in a Newswatch 16 piece previewing this weekend’s ribbon-cutting at the Fairfield Township facility. In addition to footage of a sign acknowledging The School of Construction & Design Technologies’ contribution, Kristina Papa’s segment features Christina Dorward, a master gardener and chair of the Sensory Garden Committee, and her husband, Dennis, associate professor of construction management/building construction work at the college.

Firm Establishes Scholarship Fund for Masonry Students’ Benefit

Debra M. Miller, Penn College’s vice president for institutional advancement, accepts a check for The Witmer Group Scholarship from Roger Derr (left), senior vice president-masonry restoration, and Ken Schwebel, company president.

A Pennsylvania-based, nationally recognized masonry subcontracting business that regularly recruits graduates of Pennsylvania College of Technology has established an annual scholarship at the institution.

The fund was begun by The Witmer Group, headquartered in Mount Joy, and will generate two $2,500 awards each year to full-time students who have successfully completed two semesters at the college. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the building construction technology: masonry emphasis major who have a minimum GPA of 2.75.

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The Writing on the Wall

Words to live by

A closeup of students' craft

A handcrafted addition to a hallway in Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies – espousing “honesty,” “integrity” and “respect” – shows off students’ skills while offering bywords for the campus community. From a seed planted with faculty last fall by Marc E. Bridgens, dean of the school, the idea grew into a spring project for Peter Kruppenbacher’s CCM 440 (Woodworking: Art, Craft and Design) classes. “We worked with Rob Wozniak in the architecture area to find a font that would work,” the assistant professor of building construction technology said, “and he printed out full-size templates for us to use as patterns.” Two sections of Kruppenbacher’s class worked on the letters off and on between other projects throughout the semester, helping to lay out, cut, prepare and install the letters on a wall near the carpentry labs in the Carl Building Technologies Center.

Penn College Graduates Commissioned in ROTC Ceremony

From left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Daniel G. Curtin, of Berwick; Craig W. Robbins, of Newton, New Jersey; Daniel H. Pulinski, of Penfield, New York; Kyle A. Csorba; of Trenton, New Jersey; and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost.

Four new Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates experienced a second milestone during the college’s commencement weekend: commissioning as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Kyle A. Csorba, of Trenton, New Jersey; Daniel G. Curtin, of Berwick; Daniel H. Pulinski, of Penfield, New York; and Craig W. Robbins, of Newton, New Jersey, received the honor during an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps ceremony at Bucknell University.

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