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Students provide pandemic help through PA National Guard

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Kristien Quintanilla (fifth from left} is part of a Joint Force Medical Strike Team deployed by Pennsylvania National Guard to assist at a rehab and nursing home in Delaware County. (Photo by Master Sgt. George Roach, courtesy of Pennsylvania National Guard.)

Construction management student Mason E. Blethen and human services and restorative justice student Kristien T. Quintanilla are two of at least three Pennsylvania College of Technology students called to provide emergency support through the Pennsylvania National Guard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quintanilla, of Jersey Shore, a combat medic in the Guard, was one of 18 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard who reported to the Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Delaware County to assist with staffing shortages. The group, a mix of military nurses and medics, provided routine care to non-acute patients beginning April 18.

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May 27, 2020
Alumni Construction & Design Technologies Construction Management Faculty & Staff Students

Construction management at Penn College

From the boardroom to the job site, construction managers call the shots. They take the lead to ensure building projects are completed on time and within budget. Take a look at Penn College’s bachelor of science degree in construction management, meet a few soon-to-be construction managers and see how they’re preparing to rise to the top of this dynamic and exciting career field. “Ultimately, what I would love to do is just to go back to the community I’m from with the education I’ve gotten here,” says Zachary N. Wilkinson, of North Wales, one of the students included in a college YouTube video. “And then, maybe, change the skyline of Philadelphia.”

March 4, 2020
Alumni Construction & Design Technologies Construction Management

Construction management alumni among ‘Top Young Professionals’

Two alumni of Penn College’s four-year construction management major – Brian J. Fish and Matthew R. Sarver – are included among the 20 Top Young Professionals in Engineering News-Record’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Fish, a 2002 graduate, is a general superintendent with Hensel Phelps; Sarver, Class of 2004, is an area manager at Gilbane Building Co.

The magazine’s 2020 roster represents the “best and brightest emerging design and construction leaders from across the region,” comprising Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The awards program honors individuals who have built extraordinary industry portfolios in just a few short years. In addition, according to the publication, many donate significant amounts of time and expertise to serve their communities. Each recipient will be profiled in more detail in ENR MidAtlantic’s February issue.

The winning entries will advance to consideration for ENR’s National “Top Young 20 Under 40” honors, to be announced in the spring.

November 22, 2019
Construction & Design Technologies Construction Management Students

First-place win among construction management success

The first-place Pre-Construction Team that represented Penn College in regional competition is (from left) Justin L. Stanton, of Newfoundland; Zachary J. Kravitz, of Berwyn; Brendan B. Thompson, of Womelsdorf; Seth G. Hendershot, of Dunkirk, Md.; Adam J. Hutchinson, of Greensburg; and Jacob R. Stouffer, of Chambersburg.

Six-member teams of Pennsylvania College of Technology construction management students brought home first- and fifth-place honors from the 30th annual Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 Student Competition held Nov. 8-10 in Albany, New York.

Penn College topped the Pre-Construction category, sponsored by Weeks Marine Inc., which challenged four teams to handle project startup for the first phase of deck rehabilitation at International-Matex Tank Terminals’ Pier 6 in New Jersey – including allowance for delivery of materials and equipment by waterborne barge.

The college’s Commercial entry, enlisted by Dimeo Construction Co. to renovate a three-story dormitory at Providence College and connect it by an atrium to a new two-story building, placed fifth among 13 teams. That category was won by Drexel University.

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November 21, 2019
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‘PA Build My Future’ extends its reach in Year Two

About 75 current Penn College students, eager cheerleaders all, sacrificed part of Fall Break to advocate for their chosen career paths.

Penn College’s second annual PA Build My Future event, an interactive academic and industry showcase on Thursday, provided more than 900 high-school students with an opportunity to experience the full range of possibilities in the construction and design field. Scores of current students in the School of Construction & Design Technologies joined faculty and administrators, along with many of the college’s commercial benefactors, in guiding visitors toward their potential careers.

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Newswatch 16 visits ‘PA Build My Future’

Student Christine Limbert begins Fall Break by mentoring others.WNEP’s Chris Keating visited campus for Thursday’s PA Build My Future, filing a report on the second annual introduction of secondary students to the wide-open world of construction and design careers. Keating visited indoor and outdoor exhibits facilitated by industry sponsors, Penn College faculty and current students (who gave up a day of Fall Break to excitedly represent their respective majors). Included in the broadcast were Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies; building construction technology instructor Levon A. Whitmyer; Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville, enrolled in architectural technology; and Lucas Vandergrift, a sophomore at Wellsboro High School who was among the day’s 929 students from nearly 30 high schools and career and technical centers.
(“PA Build My Future photo gallery)

October 17, 2019
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Allan Myers boosts annual scholarship commitment

Allan Myers Inc. will contribute an additional $50,000 annually to a scholarship it established previously at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Commemorating the scholarship addition are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement at Penn College; Bob Capps, director of craft development for Allan Myers; and Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at the college.

Allan Myers Inc., a heavy civil construction and construction materials company operating throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, will contribute an additional $50,000 annually to a scholarship it established previously at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Preference for the Allan Myers Scholarship is given to full-time Penn College students who are employees/family members of Allan Myers Inc.

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May 20, 2019
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CMA tours ‘capitol’ projects during travels to D.C., suburbs

A complete remodel of the 1800s-era Franklin School, being transformed into a "Planet Word" museum of language
A complete remodel of the 1800s-era Franklin School, being transformed into a “Planet Word” museum of language
With the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument behind them, the group poses atop Hensel Phelps' renovations to the Martin Federal Reserve Building in downtown Washington, D.C.
With the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument behind them, the group poses atop Hensel Phelps’ renovations to the Martin Federal Reserve Building in downtown Washington, D.C.
Getting a look inside the Reagan National Airport's new terminal, an Allan Myers project
Getting a look inside the Reagan National Airport’s new terminal, an Allan Myers project
Clark Construction is undertaking this mixed-use county/municipal/retail building in Silver Spring, Md.
Clark Construction is undertaking this mixed-use county/municipal/retail building in Silver Spring, Md.

Penn College’s Construction Management Association recently took 24 students to Washington, D.C., for a tour of six major works-in-progress, including expansion projects at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Ronald Reagan National Airport.
Photos by Wayne R. Sheppard, assistant professor and department head for construction management

April 19, 2019
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BCM students organize instructive (and intensive) competition

The winning team (from left): Stanton, Shadle, Martin and Kravitz. (Photo by Wayne R. Sheppard)

The first Penn College Construction Management Competition, a two-day event primarily orchestrated and judged by three students about to graduate, has crowned its first champions.

“One of our key objectives in hosting this competition was to encourage the underclassmen to get more involved and learn how to perform under pressure with more realistic directives than in the classroom,” said co-organizer Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz. “Although we only had three teams compete, I think we accomplished our goal. Each contestant took something away from the competition, whether it was how to properly communicate an RFI (Request for Information), or how to better manage their time as a team.”

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April 17, 2019
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Both Penn College teams place in regional student competition

The second-place Design-Build Team that represented Penn College is (from left) David H. Guarriello, Bethlehem; Adam Z. Hutchinson, Greensburg; Chekota J. Newhart, Troy; Lauren S. Herr, Litiz; Rachel E. White, Doylestown; and Derick S. Gower, Sunbury.

Two teams of Pennsylvania College of Technology students finished strongly among the 22 institutions in the 29th annual Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 Student Competition held Nov. 8-10 in Albany, New York.

The college’s Design-Build Team, charged with developing and constructing a STEM expansion at one of New England’s premier boarding schools, placed second. Its Commercial Team, challenged to provide a new Development Center on the Providence College campus, placed third in the competition.

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Hard Work, Volunteer Spirit Fuel CMA’s Record-Setting Effort

CMA members celebrate their volunteer service with pictorial evidence of their record-setting accomplishment. (Courtesy of Rick Mason Photography)
CMA members celebrate their volunteer service with pictorial evidence of their record-setting accomplishment. (Courtesy of Rick Mason Photography)

More than a dozen Penn College construction management students returned to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank this week, helping to pack boxes for the agency’s Military Share program. “A big shout-out to the Construction Management Association for joining in. They all had great attitudes and superb energy that motivated the rest of the group to keep going,” said Jenelle Longacre, the Food Bank’s volunteer project coordinator. “In fact, they helped this group to the point of breaking their own record of boxes packed during an event!” The old record was 950 boxes in 2½ hours; Tuesday’s group packed 970 boxes in an hour and 50 minutes. “Our volunteers are truly the heart of our mission,” added Longacre, who noted that the Food Bank delivers to seven sites in the Northern Tier. Penn College has a history of service to the nonprofit, with frequent visits from student organizations, fraternities and employees.

September 19, 2018
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Today’s Students Mentor Tomorrow’s ‘Women in Construction’

Teamwork in the lab

Girls in ninth through 12 grades visited Pennsylvania College of Technology on Friday for a hands-on exploration of careers in construction and design.

The daylong “Framing Your Future” event introduced 42 participants to the industry’s vast career opportunities; included a networking lunch with guest speaker Angie (Martinozzi) Moore, a May 2015 construction management alumna and an assistant project manager at Wickersham Construction & Engineering Inc. in Lancaster; and provided a dialogue with current college students.

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Architecture Grads Discuss Emerging Technology’s Impact, Potential

Balzer engages BE scholars and architectural technology students in the Hager Lifelong Education Center ...
Balzer engages BE scholars and architectural technology students in the Hager Lifelong Education Center …
... and joins colleague Richline (left) in effecting a students' virtual-reality experience.
… and joins colleague Richline (left) in effecting a students’ virtual-reality experience.

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 – visited Penn College last week in the second industry presentation for Built Environment Scholars. A roomful of BE Scholars and architecture majors from various academic years attended the presentation on the role of technology in the built environment. The alumni guests showed examples of how technology could be incorporated into client presentations, utilizing augmented realty, virtual reality and 3-D animations. They also provided a demonstration of VR and Oculus goggle sets, immersing students in an interactive virtual environment. Funded through a National Science Foundation grant, the BE Scholars program is designed to increase retention, degree completion and career readiness for students enrolled in the School of Construction & Design Technologies’ two-year majors.
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March 19, 2018