Future Landscape Architects Travel to College’s Masonry Lab

Knocking free the supporting form, instructor Glenn Luse shares a student's excitement when her arch holds firm.

A Penn State student pleasantly accepts a trowel (and some learned advice) from the industry's Ron Bower.

Faculty member Richard Motter helps a duo maneuver a block into place.

Instructor Robert Gresko offers personalized attention to students working with stone.

As their final project, teams had to incorporate all of the day's masonry material into one structure. (Photo by Glenn Luse)

A record 63 landscape architecture students from The Pennsylvania State University filled Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building on Tuesday afternoon, getting a concentrated dose of hands-on instruction. Faculty and students from the college’s School of Construction and Design Technologies, joined by skilled industry representatives, mentored the guests as they moved through five stations: brick, block, cultured stone, real stone and archway construction. The day’s agenda, which mirrors an annual spring excursion by Penn State architecture majors, culminated in an informal competition among teams of visiting students. Contributing to the tradition’s success were Glenn Luse and Richard Motter, instructors of building construction; Robert Gresko, instructor of construction technology; Byron Singer, manager of Centre Hall Masonry Supply; Thomas Smith, apprentice coordinator for Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union Local #5; Ron Bower, business agent for the union local; Fred Fischer, union steward; and Ray Worth, a union bricklayer who helped build the college’s masonry laboratory.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University