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Concrete classes continue long-lasting legacy

On campus and in their community, students in Penn College concrete classes are impressively accenting their resumes with highly visible and credible examples of their handiwork.

Just in the fall semester alone: Students fabricated and installed a Wildcat head outside the Field House, beautifully enhanced the entranceway to The Victorian House, and laid brick pavers at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park near Wahoo Drive.

From construction site to Wildcat Zone: A familiar face makes it clear who prowls this campus! (Photo provided)
From construction site to Wildcat Zone: A familiar face makes it clear who prowls this campus! (Photo provided)

The on-campus work was facilitated by Franklin H. Reber Jr., instructor of building construction technology, and are just the latest examples of projects that transcend each student participant’s college years.

The sidewalk mascot, replicating the Athletics logo with a stylish splash of Wildcat blue, caps a replaced sidewalk near the Field House and UPMC Field.

Concrete work amplifies the appeal of the student-designed and -built guest house at the heart of campus.
Concrete work amplifies the appeal of the student-designed and -built guest house at the heart of campus.

Additionally, students in Reber’s Decorative Concrete course used a paper-thin cardboard stencil to trowel a new look for The Victorian House walkway.

Besides its enduring attractiveness, the concrete finish represents less maintenance, as well as a decreased tripping hazard due to a smoother surface and elimination of bricks that could loosen over time.

The latest work at the veterans monument, which has also involved masonry and other disciplines during its multiyear creation, was coordinated by construction technology instructor Harry W. Hintz Jr. and two students from his Concrete Construction class.

“This opportunity to help our community veterans brought warmth to my heart,” said Harrison H. Wohlfarth, a concrete science technology major from Midlothian, Virginia. “What (they) sacrificed to protect our democracy is nothing short of miraculous. This project was the least we could offer to those who gave everything.”

Classmate (and fellow member of the ConCreate Design Club) Madison L. Kistler, a surveying technology student from Kutztown, concurred:

Hintz (left) works with Wohlfarth and Kistler at the veterans park in Williamsport's West End. (Photo provided)
Hintz (left) works with Wohlfarth and Kistler at the veterans park in Williamsport’s West End. (Photo provided)

“I thought it was a great experience, and it was awesome to be able to give back to the community and especially to such a unique memorial project that supports our local veterans,” she said, summing up the civic spirit that drives many of Penn College’s student service projects. “I’m very thankful to be able to go to this school and be part of a community that wants to help everybody anyway they can.”

Watch for more “concrete” examples of students’ practical artistry, including an addition to the ROTC headquarters near Maynard Street and a pond-revitalization project at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center south of main campus.

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